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ComTech Analyst Briefing Note – EKA Update 2017

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The Era of ETRM in the Cloud

Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) has been tracking the rise of ETRM solutions delivered in the cloud over many years. While the potential benefits and cost savings associated with ETRM in the cloud have always appeared to be robust, uptake across the industry has proven to be quite slow until relatively recently. Although many other industries migrated to the cost efficiencies of the cloud, the energy industry lagged behind. The key concern quoted by the industry was usually data security, despite companies often having back-up and recovery procedures in place that result in trade and position data being stored off-site. Then,... continue reading

PROVE IT OR ELSE! Traceability – regulation and consumer demands on your data management

The commodity business has always been fraught with complexity, but under increasing scrutiny from legislators, regulators, consumers, and therefore auditors, that complexity is growing steadily and inexorably. One significant challenge in which complexity is increasing, is the need to track commodities, consumables, and fuels, from source to market. It is no longer the case that buyers can simply pick the best price in choosing a supplier as concerns over issues like food safety, as well as an increasingly savvy consumer that is concerned over abusive labor practices, workers rights, and environmental issues, for example, are increasing the traceability complexity across... continue reading

ComTech releases our latest research report – ETRM in a Low Commodity Price Environment

I’m sure everyone reading this blog is well aware of the current energy market conditions – persistent low prices across almost all energy commodities, regulatory changes that have impacted all markets and continue to change in others, the influx of renewable energy sources and any number of regional or localized developments that are impacting commodity prices and the companies that operate in those markets. With this back drop, ComTech Advisory, in cooperation and with sponsorship from FIS and Capco, undertook a research effort intended to provide insights into the impact the current market conditions are having when it comes to... continue reading

ETRM in a Low Commodity Price Environment

The collapse in wholesale energy prices, which began in earnest mid-year 2014, has resulted in a prolonged period of declining profits, declining trading volumes, bankruptcies in the up-stream markets, and a general malaise in the global wholesale energy markets. Though low prices are a benefit for consumers, this period has been extremely challenging for many in the energy industry, particularly those that produce and trade energy commodities. Though oil prices have recently begun to rise off their 13 year low set in January of 2016, other energy commodity prices, such as power and natural gas, continue to be moribund – in... continue reading

Software Firm Ignite ETRM Announces – Recently Founded Physical Oil Trading Operation Deploys Ignite ETRM Cloud Solution.

London, United Kingdom / Geneva, Switzerland, August 30 2016. Ignite’s ETRM Cloud Solution to Serve as Core Enterprise Trading and Risk Management Solution for Newly Founded Trading Organization. ELEMENT Alpha SA, a newly founded, Geneva-based Crude Oil and Refined Oil Products trading organisation, has chosen Ignite ETRM’s cloud-based trading and risk management solution from a short list of C/ETRM vendors. ELEMENT was formed end of 2015 by a group of seasoned oil traders who are specialized in Crude Oil and Refined Oil-Products trading. With no initial systems in place, Ignite ETRM has quickly and methodically implemented its flagship ETRM solution, InterConnect, thus enabling ELEMENT’s business to quickly ramp up... continue reading

Next Generation Integrated Treasury and Trading for Energy and Commodity Companies

Commodity markets have always been uncertain and have often exhibited extended periods of volatility. Events such as the collapse of Enron and other marketers, the financial crisis, and more recently, BREXIT, have all had massive impact, and yet, after each event, measures have been put in place, both regulatory and in terms of controls, to protect markets, margins and profits. Each tumultuous event has brought learning, innovation and improvements in business processes. The energy industry has also learned from these experiences; adopting better and improved risk controls, systems and tools to predict, protect and profit. Yet, now may be the... continue reading

New Age Energy Markets – Challenges for Utilities, IPPs and Traders

The North American power and gas markets are undergoing an accelerating evolution driven by increasing regulation, new and emergent technologies, and a persistent surplus of natural gas brought about by the “shale revolution.” The transformation from a coal-centric power market to one reliant upon renewables and natural gas for baseload power generation has had profound operational and commercial implications for both the electricity and natural gas markets. Much of the change that has emerged has been catalyzed by regulation at the federal, regional and state levels, including emissions/greenhouse gas regulation and renewable portfolio standards. These regulatory mandates have been... continue reading

Responding To Continual Energy Market Change

The European power and gas industry is currently going through a period of very rapid change that has potentially far reaching consequences. While change is certainly no stranger to the industry, it requires players in the industry to constantly re-evaluate their business process and technology infrastructures in order to adapt and thrive. Examples of the drivers for change include: • Changes in the regional and national political landscape in terms of both environmental issues and the overall structure of the industry, • A host of new regulatory and governance regulations, • Decreased profit margins and, • Major shifts in all aspects of technology from... continue reading

Deriving Business Value from Big Data using Sentiment analysis

‘Big Data’ are two small words that are widely used to describe the massive growth in data of all forms and that hold; the promise of delivering huge potential business impact. The question is, how? Today, and increasingly in the future, businesses are surrounded by masses of data and raw information. Some of this data is very relevant but much of it is not. Further, most of that data is unstructured in the form of email, documents, images and different types of social media, blogs, and so on. Unstructured data is notoriously difficult to access and query, it is scattered across... continue reading

CTRM Conference Video

The 2016 CTRM Conference - for those looking for answers to today's critical questions in CTRM Technology. What solutions should I need? Are my systems capable of addressing the risks and regulations in today's rapidly changing commodities markets? What are my peers doing to address the industries most critical technology challenges? The 2016 CTRMConference at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arche, London - October 27, 2016 Visit CTRMConference.com for more information or to reserve your seat today!... continue reading

Buy? Build? Why Not Both?

A recent survey and report by analyst firm ComTech Advisory suggests that a majority of users of ETRM/CTRM software might consider building custom software to meet their business requirements. In fact, around 70% of the survey’s respondents suggested they would consider such an option. As ComTech noted in the report, about 35% of the respondents were representatives of the top tier of the industry who have extremely complex, global, multi-commodity supply chain operations to manage. Nonetheless, given the maturing market for commercial E/CTRM solutions, the idea that anyone would chose to build a solution is perhaps surprising. ComTech concluded that... continue reading

New Research – Critical Issues in ETRM in a low price market environment

ComTech is seeking your participation in a new survey and research effort – this new project looks at the impacts and implications of low-priced energy commodities as they relate to ETRM system use and value. Though oil prices have recently begun to rise off their 13 year low set January of this year, other energy commodity prices, such as power and natural gas, continue to be moribund – in a persistent oversupplied condition and with unpredictable volatilities.  Given this situation, ComTech, with the support of study sponsor FIS, is seeking your thoughts about the direction of the energy markets and... continue reading

CONTIGO MD WARNS OF RISK ASSOCIATED WITH OLDER TECHNOLOGY

16 June 2016, Solihull, UK. Adrian Bullock, managing director of... continue reading

CTRM Vendor Perceptions 2016

Commodity Technology Advisory’s 2016 Vendor Perception Study was conducted to establish end-user views and perceptions of available CTRM vendors and products, including brand awareness, and to determine market leadership perceptions as well as buying criteria and demand levels. The research, conducted via a web-based survey, was comprised of a comprehensive set of questions that sought the informed views of industry participants including end users and consultants. Vendor personnel were specifically excluded from participating in this research. The survey was open for responses between January 14th and May 3rd, 2016 and collected some 230 gross responses.... continue reading

A Managed Services approach to Trading IT Excellence

How Delta Energy Supports Its Best-in-Class Trading Operations Companies that trade, or buy and sell, commodities face a myriad of complex business and technical challenges these days. One typical conundrum is often around Information Technology (IT). A trading firm is, after all, a trading firm and not an IT shop and yet, it needs to have an IT infrastructure, usually a very complex IT infrastructure, in order to conduct its business efficiently. That infrastructure will consist of hardware, networks, mission-critical applications, security, back up, recovery and much, much more. It requires a special set of expertise, both from a technical and... continue reading

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