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Towards Commodity Management in the cloud – An Interview with Saurabh Goyal, Founder and CEO, Phlo Systems

Published 31 January 2024

ComTech Advisory: How would you describe Phlo Systems and its software solutions to our readers? Saurabh Goyal: Phlo Systems develops and deploys SaaS cloud and emerging technologies such as AI... continue reading

BBGC – Specializing in CTRM Implementations – An Interview with Amir Soufizadeh, Managing Director, BBGC

Published 21 September 2023

ComTech Advisory: Tell us about BBGC – how it got started, your role in it and its objectives? Amir Soufizadeh: BBGC represents the next generation of commodity and risk management... continue reading

Volatility Drives Interest in Credit Solutions – An Interview with Ellen Stars, Practice Lead, Risk, Brady Technologies

Published 12 July 2023

ComTech Advisory: How does the market for credit solutions look at the moment? Ellen Stars: Having a credit solution in place allows for cohesion and collaboration internally to enable greater... continue reading

Thoughts on Gen10 – An Interview with George Bradshaw

Published 6 April 2023

ComTech Advisory: George is an industry veteran having worked for several vendors in the space, what’s compelling about Gen10 and how does it compare with others in the space? George... continue reading

A New Vendor is Born – An Interview with Tasja Botha Chief Executive Officer Quor

Published 7 March 2023

ComTech Advisory: What has the sale/spin off of Brady Commodities achieved and as importantly, what does it facilitate in terms of moving your strategy forward? Tasja Botha: In 2022, the... continue reading

Tradesparent Rebrands to RadarRadar and Hones Its mission

Published 16 February 2023

As Tradesparent Rebrands as RadarRadar, we talked with Norbert Verhagen about the company, its rebranding and its objectives. ComTech Advisory: What is RadarRadar, how did it get started, and what... continue reading

Credit Risk in Commodity Markets – An Interview with Brady Technology’s Ian Tobin

Published 24 January 2023

ComTech Advisory: How do you see the market for credit solutions in commodities right now and what is driving that? Ian Tobin: We are seeing a lot more activity in... continue reading

Amphora’s David Glasspool talks about its forthcoming new CTRM for concentrates – Alchemy

Published 5 December 2022

Amphora has been working a new CTRM solution for concentrates called Alchemy. ComTech asked Sales Director David Glasspool at Amphora about this initiative as it isn’t often an existing software... continue reading

Renewable energy and risk management

Published 17 June 2022

An interview with Luca Pedretti – COO, Co-Founder, Pexapark ComTech Advisory: How did Pexapark start? Luca Pedretti: Together with Michi, we had a vision to address the growing needs of... continue reading

New Tools for Managing Freight and Shipping Risk

Published 5 April 2022

An interview with Advanced Freight Trading Leadership ComTech Advisory: Tell us a little about your new venture and its objectives? Advanced Freight Trading: We are a diverse and experienced team... continue reading

Amphora Reborn? – An interview with Amphora Leadership

Published 5 October 2021

ComTech talks to Amphora leadership about the vendor’s re-emergence, future plans and positioning. ComTech Advisory: What has been the key to turning Amphora around under your leadership? Chris Mudry: Listening... continue reading

Gen10 – Thinking Big? – An Interview with Richard Williamson, CEO Gen10

Published 23 September 2021

We talk to Gen10 CEO, Richard Williamson, about how it has managed to be so active in the industry and as to whether there is any ‘secret sauce’… (If you... continue reading

Talking UK Power with David Holt

Published 5 July 2021

An Interview with David Holt, CEO of Enegen ComTech Advisory: In the recent past, it has been made easier to bring smaller generation assets to the table. Can you describe... continue reading

Quantifi Target Broader Markets

Published 23 June 2021

An Interview with Avadhut Naik, Head of Solutions, Quantifi ComTech Advisory: Tell us a little about Quantifi, its background, focus and presence in the commodities asset class? Avadhut Naik: Founded... continue reading

Getting Value from Your Data

Published 12 May 2021

An Interview with Alexander Regnault, President North America, Tradesparent ComTech Advisory: Data management is key to unlocking the ability to extract knowledge for that data. What has Tradesparent developed in... continue reading

The Future of Conferences and Tradeshows

Published 9 April 2021

An Interview with Ben Hillary, Managing Director, Commodities People In the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, tradeshows and conferences have been canceled, postponed and delayed. Commodities People, a major player... continue reading

Can CTRM Ever be Delivered in a Lower Cost to Serve Model?

Published 17 February 2021

An Interview with Simon Piercy, Founder and Managing Director of CTRM Cubed ComTech Advisory: What is your vision for CTRM Cubed and specifically, what is your target market? Simon Piercy:... continue reading

Enegen Sees Opportunity in Distributed Power

Published 25 January 2021

An Interview with Chris Fisher, Business Development Manager, Enegen Power Systems Last year Dunstan Thomas Energy became Enegen. We talked to Chris Fisher at Enegen to find out what the... continue reading

EnergyOne’s enFlow as an energy-focused RPA tool

Published 15 January 2021

A couple of years ago or so, EnergyOne alerted ComTech to a new software product it had developed. That product, now branded as enFlow, was revealed as an interesting RPA-type... continue reading

Enverus – Delivering New Data Analytics and Forward Curve Capabilities

Published 2 December 2020

ComTech recently caught-up with Wendi Orlando, VP of Product Management, Trading & Risk at Enverus to get an update on their recent product developments and strategies. ComTech Advisory: Last time... continue reading

Data and Data Management

Published 2 November 2020

An Interview with Richard Quigley, Co-Founder & CEO at Ventriks ComTech Advisory: You have recently re-emerged with your own data management approach with Ventriks, what trends have you seen emerge... continue reading

Trends in European Power

Published 15 June 2020

An interview with Scott Hestenes, Head of Energy Sales, Brady plc ComTech Advisory: European energy markets are in an almost constant state of flux due to the energy transition, increased... continue reading

Lockdown Business Continuity Using MarketView

Published 19 May 2020

An interview with Sven Schoerner, Product Manager of Enverus ComTech Advisory: Tell us about the MarketView product. What is it? Sven Schoerner: MarketView is our flagship product in Enverus Trading... continue reading

Trading as a Service in intraday power markets

Published 7 April 2020

An interview with Jürgen Mayerhofer, CEO and Co-founder of enspired ComTech Advisory: enspired is a relatively new player on the market. Can you give us a quick overview of the... continue reading

Self-service CTRM has arrived

Published 5 March 2020

Interview with Simon Piercy, Founder and Managing Director of CTRM Cubed Simon Piercy, CEO of CTRMCubed, tells us about the launch of TradeCube, a self-service CTRM solution delivered as a... continue reading

Enuit Gets Focused on Risk Analytics

Published 28 February 2020

An Interview with Dr. Hui He, Managing Director of Analytics, Enuit Risk analytics have long been a bit of a weakness in many E/CTRM platforms and solutions. Recently, ComTech read... continue reading

MTX Commodities Targets European Growth

Published 5 November 2019

An Interview with Melis Aksari, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, MTX Commodities ComTech Advisory: How did MTX get its start? Melis Aksari: MTX was created as a division of Matriks... continue reading

Igloo rebrands following Strategic Investment – an Interview with Tim Harrison of Igloo

Published 9 October 2019

ComTech Advisory: ComTech understands that Igloo is rebranding itself? What drove that decision and why now? Tim Harrison: There are really three reasons. First, we have had almost no marketing... continue reading

IMO2020 – What’s the Impact?

Published 27 June 2019

New IMO2020 regulations coming into force have got the industry’s attention. What is this regulation? What will it mean and how will it impact us? We asked Alok Sharma of... continue reading

Enuit is Expanding Their Global Reach

Published 6 June 2019

An Interview with Ken Han, CEO of ENUIT With the news that Enuit has established a London office to target European CTRM opportunities, ComTech reached out to talk with Enuit... continue reading

Introducing Brady’s New CEO – Carmen Carey

Published 26 April 2019

An Interview with Carmen Carey, CEO of Brady PLC Brady PLC recently appointed a new CEO in Ms. Carmen Carey who had served as a non-exec director for the company.... continue reading

Contigo as an EnergyOne Company

Published 31 January 2019

An Interview with Simon Wheeler, Contigo Following EnergyOne’s acquisition of UK-based Contigo, a supplier of ETRM solutions to the western European gas and power markets, ComTech caught up with Mr.... continue reading

Disruptive and Enabling Technologies in Commodities

Published 9 January 2019

Interview with Matt Dolton CEO and Co-founder at Kynetix ComTech Advisory: We recently issued our disruptive technologies research report in which we discussed the massive changes taking place in the... continue reading

Regulatory Compliance TRADESPARENT

Published 17 September 2018

An interview with Mr. Alexander Regnault, Director Operations, TRADESPARENT ComTech Advisory: TRADESPARENT now offers a variety of different solutions from risk management to regulatory compliance using the same approach and... continue reading

ETRM and PPAs – The View from Down Under

Published 7 August 2018

An interview with Mr. Shaun Ankers, CEO, Energy One ComTech Advisory: Can you give us an update on Energy One? What key initiatives are you involved in? Shaun Ankers: Energy... continue reading

FIS Looks to Leverage Products into Energy & Commodities

Published 26 June 2018

ComTech Advisory: FIS Energy & Commodities is just a part of a larger group of products and business units offering trading and risk products that have some commodity capabilities. Can... continue reading

Brady’s Product Strategy and Direction – Interview with Ms. Libby Koehn, Chief Product Office, Brady PLC

Published 3 April 2018

Ms. Libby Koehn joined Brady PLC recently as Chief Product Officer. We asked her about Brady’s strategy, products and views on market developments. ComTech Advisory: What is the strategy at... continue reading

An Interview with Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon

Published 27 March 2018

Comtech recently had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Rich Jefferson, Commodities COO at Beacon to get his thoughts about Beacon Growing Rapidly and Finding Fertile Ground in Commodity Trading... continue reading

FIS Gear Up to Launch Multiple Product Strategy into Commodities

Published 20 February 2018

Commodity Technology Advisory asks Dr. Markus Seiser, COO, FIS Energy, about FIS’s strategy and plans for Energy & Commodities ComTech Advisory: FIS now markets its solutions for energy and commodities... continue reading

Interview with Metafused

Published 1 February 2018

ComTech Advisory: What is Metafused and what does it offer? Madhuban Kumar: Metafused’s platform provides automated AI predictions for financial services and increases their efficiencies by 20%. Its platform comprises... continue reading

Capco’s Energy Practice post-FIS – A Conversation with the Leadership Team

Published 4 December 2017

FIS announced their intention to spin-off the company’s Capco consulting business in May of this year. With the transaction completed in August, we recently visited with leadership team of Capco’s... continue reading

Commodity Markets – A Headhunter’s View

Published 8 November 2017

ComTechAdvisory: Given all of the turmoil in commodity markets this last year or so, how has the job market been impacted? James Richmond: The markets have been slow in the... continue reading

Trends in Technology

Published 12 July 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is Contigo seeing in terms of uptake of the ETRM in cloud and what are the benefits of such an approach? Adrian Bullock: We are seeing strong interest... continue reading

Developments in CEE – An Interview with David Kučera

Published 28 June 2017

An Interview with David Kučera, General Secretary of the Prague Energy Exchange („PXE“) ComTechAdvisory: Tell us a little about PXE – its history and objectives David Kučera: PXE was established... continue reading

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Published 27 April 2017

An Interview with Cyrus Dadachanji, Partner, Energy Trading and Risk Management at Infosys Consulting ComTechAdvisory: Please tell us a little about Infosys Consulting and the team that you are building?... continue reading

New Business Models and Consumer Focused Digital Transformations

Published 28 March 2017

ComTech visits with Amir Soufizadeh, Head of Commodities & Utilities Practice at BJSS. Founded in 1993, BJSS operates across the UK and USA, providing consultancy and services for the delivery... continue reading

Kynetix explains Distributed Ledger Technologies and its future

Published 21 March 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is Kynetix’ interest in Blockchain technologies? Scott Riley: There are three primary drivers to Kynetix’s interest in DLT: 1. Our mission at Kynetix is to bring total trust... continue reading

An Interview with Michael Kirch CCO of Beacon

Published 19 January 2017

ComTechAdvisory: What is the Beacon platform and what was the impetus for developing it? Dr. Michael Kirch: Mark Higgins and Kirat Singh founded Beacon in 2014 to create a modern... continue reading

Commodity Auctions and Exchanges

Published 10 October 2016

Interview with Phil Bird Perfect Channel ComTechAdvisory: Can you tell us a little about Perfect Channel? How did it get started and what are its objectives? Phil Bird: I suspect,... continue reading

The Importance of Modern Technology to Minimise Risk in Energy Trading

Published 1 July 2016

We recently asked Adrian Bullock, CEO at Contigo, what he was seeing in terms of ETRM software in Europe. His take was that having a modern solution on a modern... continue reading

ETRM – A Consultant’s View

Published 25 April 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: With the current macroeconomic environment in the commodities sector, what sorts of trends are you seeing there and how has that changed?. David Edwards: There are a... continue reading

OpenLink’s Henry Bonner on the Ags & Softs Market

Published 11 April 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: What do you see as the issues driving procurement in ags and softs right now? Henry Bonner: As many companies watch growth in sales, general, and administrative... continue reading

Looking for the ‘Apple’ Moment in Energy

Published 1 April 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: For those not familiar with Utilidex, can you give us a flavor for the company? How it got started and perhaps a history so far? Richard Brys:... continue reading

Contract Management in Commodities

Published 9 March 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: Firstly, can you provide some background on Chinsay and its track record and area of focus please? Colin Hayward: Chinsay has a 12 year track record of... continue reading

Kynetix – Commodity Exchange software supplier

Published 9 February 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: Can you give us a little background on Kynetix and what the company does? Guillaume Kendall: Kynetix was founded in the mid-90s to develop software solutions within... continue reading

New Technology For CTRM Solutions

Published 14 January 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: AGIBLOCKS is based on new technology and cloud-based. Can you describe that technology and what the advantages of that technology model are? Jan van den Brom: AGIBLOCKS is based... continue reading

The Journey To Big Data

Published 7 January 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory: What are the latest developments at DataGenic? Richard Quigley: As you know, providing enabling technology for our clients is at the core of what we do. However,... continue reading

Stick or Twist

Published 5 January 2016

In the weeks prior to the holidays, Brady PLC issued an advisory to the market as a public company, regarding revenue expectations. I had a call with CEO, Gavin Lavelle... continue reading

An Interview with Mr. Vincent van Os, Marketing & Sales Director at TRADESPARENT

Published 16 October 2015

Commodity Technology Advisory: It has been some time now since TRADESPARENT was launched. Where are you with the product and adoption of the product in the industry? TRADESPARENT – Vincent... continue reading

An Interview with Mr. Tim Rogers, Head of Sales and Business Development at Trayport Contigo

Published 5 October 2015

Commodity Technology Advisory: The European power and gas market seems to be going through some significant changes in terms of generation mix and the retail model. What are you seeing... continue reading

An Interview with Mr. Arnt Sollie, VP, Smart Energy with Powel AS

Published 24 July 2015

In 2013, Swiss vendor, Delta Energy, was acquired by Powel AS. Powel wasn’t widely known in traditional trading and/or logistics software markets at that time, but had a track record... continue reading

An Interview with Mr. Gavin Lavelle, CEO of Brady PLC

Published 27 May 2015

Brady PLC reported its 2014 results recently. The company posted revenue and profitability growth. We asked CEO, Mr. Gavin Lavelle about how Brady is faring, what the future might hold... continue reading

An Interview with Dr. Markus Seiser, Global Head of Services and Managing Director of SunGard Energy

Published 19 May 2015

Commodity Technology advisory recently visited Dr. Markus Seiser in Vienna to find out more about SunGard Energy’s acquisition of Energeya and also about the company’s European strategy. Despite writing a... continue reading

New MD of the IRM Division of OpenLink discusses optimization and trading with ComTech

Published 20 April 2015

A couple of months ago, we met up with Mr. Roland Jones at E-World in Essen. He had recently been appointed MD of the Vienna-based IRM Division of OpenLink. We... continue reading

An Interview with Richard Williamson, CEO, G10

Published 13 April 2015

Recently, we asked Richard Williamson, CEO of G10 to answer a few questions about his company, the market and CTRM. Given Mr. Williamson’s status of an long-time veteran of the... continue reading

An Interview with Richard Quigley, CEO of DataGenic

Published 2 March 2015

A few months ago, you talked about the new product Genic DataiQ in a video interview that we did with you, can you tell us a bit more about the... continue reading

An Interview with Bart Kroon, CEO of AGIBOO

Published 11 December 2014

Commodity Technology Advisory has been following new entrant AGIBOO more or less from its inception. The company has now developed its Agiblocks product and is moving from a focus on... continue reading

Peter Armstrong, Triple Point’s former CEO, is joining Eka’s Board of Directors – A ComTech Interview

Published 30 July 2014

Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) was recently informed that Peter Armstrong, founder and former CEO of Triple Point Technology, has joined Eka’s Board of Directors. In light of this news, Patrick... continue reading