Buy? Build? Why Not Both?
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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 especially in todays’ business environment of rising costs and diminished profits, a more appropriate solution might be to build around a commercially available solution.
This white paper examines the pros and cons of build versus buy while also examining other approaches that in the end may offer a cost effective, yet superior solution. It looks at the Brady cloud offering in particular as a potential starting point for a hybrid solution and examines why a hybrid solution may make commercial and functional sense.
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CTRM Vendor Perceptions 2016
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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.
The survey was promoted in several ways to attract bone fide respondents. ComTech Advisory used email notification, blog articles, web advertising and verbal requests to encourage participation. CTRM vendors and service providers also promoted the survey of their own accord.
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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 a business standpoint, in order to maintain and continually improve it. Such staff is hard to come by and even harder to retain. Meanwhile, regulations and rapidly shifting market conditions mean that infrastructure is getting more and more complex and more and more critical. How is this problem to be tackled and at what cost?
Delta Energy is one company that has solved this problem and gained enormous benefits from its approach in doing so. When Michel Koornstra became head of Energy Trading at Delta, he inherited a very familiar problem to many in the industry. The company was using an ETRM solution that was already 6-years old. “We had workarounds on our workarounds,” he says, and that was only a part of the issue. The support requirements on Internal IT were so high and cumbersome that they didn’t have the luxury of following the ETRM software market. Day-to-day firefighting activities prevented them from utilizing their time around its ETRM software to properly support the best in class trading operation that he wanted to build.
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Impacts of low commodity prices on CTRM software
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 while still serving customers and successfully managing the business.
Operational efficiencies can be realized through the use of technology. Most companies have previously adopted some type of CTRM or ETRM software to manage commodities, but may also continue to rely on spreadsheets, at least partly. As E/CTRM has increased in functionality, companies will benefit from eliminating these in-between spreadsheets in favor of a fully integrated multi-commodity CTRM solution that supports all front, middle, and back office functions.
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