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Thought Leaders RoundTables

How will the CTRM vendor landscape evolve? – Thought Leaders Q&A

Published 21 September 2016

This last quarter, we asked our Thought Leadership panel the following questions. ComTech: “In our recently released 2016 CTRM Vendor Perceptions Report, when our respondents were asked to name vendors of CTRM products (and without prompting), the group cited more than 85 different vendors. Additionally, in our ongoing research, we have uncovered more than 98 different vendors that produce software products covering at least some portion of the CTRM value chain. In each of the last couple of years, ComTech has observed less than 50 new top and mid-tier customers buying CTRM solutions, with another 50 or so existing top... continue reading

Impacts of low commodity prices on CTRM software

Published 23 May 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory Question – We’re hearing that OPEX is under considerable pressure at a majority of energy and commodity trading shops, with some facing cuts as high as 30% versus 12 to 18 months ago. What advice would you give a CIO facing such cuts in their organizations? Manav Garg, CEO & Founder, Eka Software Solutions In today’s environment of low commodity prices, it is more critical than ever before to do more with less. Eliminating waste and trimming expenses wherever possible is necessary, and many companies have already taken steps along that path. Companies need to cut costs... continue reading

CTRM Thought Leaders Panel Addresses “Build vs Buy”

Published 26 February 2016

Question: In conversations with several global scale commodities traders over the last few months, ComTech has noted an increasing interest in pursuing internal builds of CTRM systems. The question is why any company, and particularly these top tier players, would build functionality that is readily available in existing vendor solutions, even if it’s not a 100% fit. What are your thoughts and comments on this emerging trend and what would you propose as an alternative approach? Chris Strickland – There are probably a number of things going on here: Too many people have been ‘stung’ by the length and cost... continue reading

CTRM Thought Leaders Roundtable #2 – Demand for Technology in a Down Market

Published 1 September 2015

With the dramatic fall in commodities prices through this year, culminating in a accelerated crash to 16-year lows in the last 30-days, we wanted to visit with our CTRM Thought Leaders panel to get their thoughts as to the impact of this on the ETRM/CTRM markets, and to see if there is, in fact, a silver lining or two to be had in this new market reality. Here are our questions and their answers… Commodity Technology Advisory: With more or less all commodity prices hitting rock bottom and projections for this to last for some time, how do you see... continue reading

CTRM Thought Leaders Roundtable – The Question is Mobile Computing

Published 1 June 2015

Over the last several years, we’ve seen the CTRM industry, like many others, focus on a number of emerging technology topics, including cloud computing, Big Data, data visualization, real-time analytics and last, but not least, mobility. While some of these trends, such as Big Data, may be perceived as a bit of “a hammer looking for a nail” when viewed in the context of CTRM; others, such as cloud computing and mobility do appear to have gained traction in the market. At ComTech Advisory, we have covered and explored the topic of Cloud computing extensively in our research and reports.... continue reading