Opinion

Is Your IT Department Protecting You From the Right CTRM Solution?

I was talking to a vendor salesperson a few days ago (who shall remain nameless). He told me that quite often, they demonstrate their solution to the IT department... continue reading

CubeLogic Acquires FERDEC Cementing its European Presence and Adding Trade Surveillance

Today, CubeLogic announced that it had acquired Berlin-based energy and commodity surveillance provider – FERDEC. I spoke with CubeLogic CEO, Lee Campbell, this evening to get an overview of... continue reading

Disaggregation of CTRM

About 3-years ago, Patrick and I were chatting over breakfast at our E-World hotel. We were talking about CTRM in the cloud and about how the industry seemed to... continue reading

Agiboo Enjoying Good Demand for Agiblocks Amidst Industry Change

Just before heading to Essen for E-World last week, I had a briefing call with co-founder and Managing Partner, Mr. Jan van den Brom, and CEO, Mr. Bart Kroon,... continue reading

Concord Resources Rolling Out Gen10 Commodity Manager for Metals and Concentrates

A few months ago, after talking with Gen10, I wrote about the broadening choice in metals for CTRM. Recently, I got an update and learned that Gen10 has been... continue reading

Britain’s Retail Energy Segment in Trouble?

An interesting article in Forbes draws attention to the British retail energy segment and the collapse of a 10th independent retailer (Our Power) within a 12-month period. The article... continue reading

Life is about Parallels

It was 1996. Houston was hot and humid as usual as I drove up to start my new job with TransGas Management Inc. I had come across TransGas along... continue reading

Suddenly, Consortia are Actually Delivering

Over the last, what is it now… 35-years in the energy and commodity industry, I have rarely seen participants in the industry work together for their common good. On initiative... continue reading

A Role for Social Media?

Social media have become a very popular medium and arguably a relatively untapped source of potentially useful intelligence for commodity businesses. Twitter and industry expert blogs are already utilized... continue reading

Happy New Year (not a repeat of last year’s blog in case you’ve got a great memory!) by David Calmonson

Wishing all CTRM readers, their families, pets, and servants a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2019. I’m entering 2019 full of trepidation. Brexit. U.S./China tariff war. Global Warming (not... continue reading

VAKT, Blockchains, Consortia and Solving Industry Problems

I recently had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Frances Dean, VP Operations & Corporate Services, and other senior members of the VAKT team. VAKT is a ‘blockchain initiative’... continue reading

5 CTRM Storylines to watch in 2019

As the new year dawns, we at ComTech are watching developments on a number of fronts. That said, we’ve picked out five that could be bellwethers of the trajectory... continue reading

A Late Flurry of Demand?

Q4 and the holiday season is often a busy time for the vendors. It has been historically the favored time for the RFP (as periodic CTRMCenter contributor David Calmonson will... continue reading

Energy One Acquires Contigo – Background and Analysis

Australian ETRM vendor, Energy One Ltd, recently announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire UK-based ETRM vendor, Contigo. Yesterday, Contigo issued an announcement confirming that it... continue reading

Is RPA Set to Streamline Commodity Trading Processes?

In terms of looking at possibly disruptive technologies across the commodity trading and risk management space, another area of potential is in the area of robotic process automation (RPA).... continue reading

Is Blockchain Simply Hype or Are There Lessons to be Learned?

I came across a very interesting blog post late last week. The article appears on MERLTech and is by John Burg, Policy, Planning and Learning Fellow at USAID; Christine Murphy, Monitoring,... continue reading