Disruptive Technologies in Commodity Trading Markets

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Disruptive Technologies in Commodity Trading Markets

Over the last few years, a host of potentially disruptive technologies have emerged that may yet have tremendous impacts on aspects of commodity trading and commodity supply chain business processes. These technologies join the shift to cloud deployment and software-as-a-service (SaaS) that we have observed taking on greater importance in the delivery of CTRM solutions recently. Technologies such as blockchain, automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), big data and social media, micro-services and open source software have all caught the imagination of software providers and industry players over this period. In particular, there has been a great deal of interest and considerable hype around blockchain and distributed ledger technology, while AI and ML are also seeing deployments in automated trading and elsewhere.

In addition to providing an overview of the changes occurring across the technology landscape, this Commodity Technology Advisory Disruptive Technology Study was devised and executed to establish how the wholesale commodities industry views these technologies, where and how they are being deployed, and to try to ascertain the level of threat these new technologies may pose to existing solutions and applications areas like CTRM software. ComTech conducted the survey component of the study using a web-based tool between December 2017 and early June 2018. Survey responses were encouraged through email, blog and word of mouth efforts including an email from the sponsor – FIS. The disruptive technologies survey had 82 valid participants with just over half of those being located in Europe.

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