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A Trip To London – An Emerging Technology Theme

Last week, both Patrick and I were in London. It was a busy week and we managed to visit a lot of people in the industry over the course... continue reading

Viruses, Worms, and Other Strange Internet Creatures

A few years ago, I was in charge of the operations of a power trading in firm in Prague reporting to the Board of Directors. I discovered just how... continue reading

A Bit More on RFPs

This week’s humorous blog by David Calmonson on the sales process for CTRM software made me think about writing about this topic too. After all, these procurement processes are... continue reading

Request For Quotation

To be or not to be. To bid or not to bid. There’s two quotes to start with! 20th July or maybe 20th December. These were two of my... continue reading

No, coffee is not the second-most traded commodity after oil

In a world now apparently filled with fake news – I thought this interesting – fact checking on a statement by Starbucks about coffee trade….from Politifact. By Jon Greenberg... continue reading

Speculators In Oil Keep Getting It Wrong

At the end of last November, I wrote about my skepticism around OPEC’s ability to control oil prices. I was commenting that I didn’t understand what the speculators could... continue reading

Where Is The Discussion?

CTRMcenter is a highly visited website with more than 500 visits per day on average through the week. Some of the blog posts and articles are shared around the... continue reading

Is Coal Now on Life Support?

I noticed that yesterday, a number of US-based news outlets picked up on some European news around Coal. A couple of weeks ago, and without much fanfare, at least... continue reading

Interview Corner – The CTRMCenter Interviews Point To Technology Disruption

The CTRMCenter will often conduct short written interviews with people from around the industry. The interviews can be found in the Interview Corner section of the website under the... continue reading

Why I Wouldn’t March For Science

A few days ago there was a bunch of hullaballoo about a march for Science. Apparently, Science is under attack and threatened by false news and so on. Well,... continue reading

In Retrospect, ETRM Was Probably The Wrong Abbreviation

A couple of decades ago, locked in mortal combat with another vendor in the early gas marketing, then power marketing, and then risk management software market, there were any... continue reading

Brady Invests For Growth

Brady PLC released its’ preliminary results on March 14th. 2016 saw the company increase revenues by 11% to 30.3m GBP (up 2% on a consistent currency basis), and grew... continue reading

Coal – A Lifetime Theme

I was reading a couple of Reuters articles this morning with interest about Coal and Trump’s rolling back of regulations and threats to walk away from the Paris Accord.... continue reading

A Never Ending Frustration

I think I probably write this article about once a year and always get a couple of people inquiring – “Is it us?”. Funnily enough, those that do the... continue reading

There Is A Bot For That

The rise of renewables and development of the smart grid is having an impact on European power trading. Intra-day power trading is on the rise in countries like Germany... continue reading

Many ‘Appy Returns!

It was my 60th birthday at the weekend. Most people I met said I didn’t look a day over fifty-nine and a half, so I guess that was positive.... continue reading

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