Opinion

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

Gen10 Innovating with Collaborative Supply Chain Apps and Ecosystem Approach

I recently wrote about Richard Williamson (CEO of Gen10) and his vision of developing an ecosystem of applications in and around the commodity supply chain. In fact, the Gen10... continue reading

Speaking of UI’s…as a dinosaur

Gary, in recent blog posts, touched on the future of the user interface found in CTRM systems, both near-term and futuristic (Zero UI).  He and I are in complete... continue reading

Checking in on Blacklight Systems

Last week, in London, I stopped by BlackLight Systems on the offer of a walkthrough of the system. Sebastian Ferraccu, Co-Founder and CEO, had invited me to take a... continue reading

The Combined Brand Strength of ION Now Dominates CTRM

In the soon to be released 2018 CTRM Vendor Perception Study by Commodity Technology Advisory, the strength of the combined ION acquisitions has been measured for the first time... continue reading

Zero UI – Will it be Adopted in CTRM?

The recently issued Disruptive Technologies report makes for some interesting reading however, it is also what it doesn’t say that might give pause for further thought. The report found... continue reading

More Application Seen for AI and Blockchain

On the back of issuing our Disruptive Technologies report and recent CTRMRadio podcast on the same topic, a couple of interesting articles appeared today covering conferences in the FinTech... continue reading