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Everything and Nothing

Over the last week or so I have managed to catch up with quite a lot of contacts, colleagues and friends across the industry. Having been away for 18-months or so I am keen to catch up so if anyone would like to brief me on their activities...
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Day One

So today is my first official day back as an analyst (yesterday was a holiday in the Czech republic). It is nice to be back too. It is good to be working with Patrick again and to be reconnecting to a lot of people that I have known...
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Commodity Technology Advisory Announces the Appointment of Dr. Gary M. Vasey as Partner

Dr. Gary M. Vasey joins leading analyst organization covering C/ETRM software – Commodity Technology advisory – as Partner and co Managing Director with Patrick Reames Houston, TX, USA and Prague, Czech Republic, April 30th, 2013. Commodity Technology Advisory is pleased to announce that Dr. Gary M. Vasey is...
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Aspect Enterprise Solutions Notches First Win in Ags

Aspect Enterprise Solutions, having established themselves in the last couple of years as the leader in SaaS delivered CTRM solutions for oil trading, announced last week that they have signed their first customer in the Ags/Softs space.  According to their press release, the company signed-up Switzerland-based  Soyuz Commodities...
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EKA Buys EnCompass

Eka announced this morning that they had purchased Calgary-based EnCompass Technologies.  According to the press release, “All employees of EnCompass have joined Eka, and the two co-founders, CEO Andy Bout and COO Stewart Brightman, will take key leadership roles in the combined organization. Andy and Stewart will be...
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Does the Cyprus Crisis Signal New Trouble Ahead for the E/CTRM Market in Europe?

While Cyprus is a relatively small economy in the overall EU scheme, the announcement that EU regulators wanted to require banks there to seize 10% of Cypriots’ accounts (equal to 5.8 billion EURO) as part of a bail-out package is causing great concern and rattling investor confidence across...
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Does the Cyprus Crisis Signal New Trouble Ahead for the E/CTRM Market in Europe?

While Cyprus is a relatively small economy in the overall EU scheme, the announcement that EU regulators wanted to require banks there to seize 10% of Cypriots’ accounts (equal to 5.8 billion EURO) as part of a bail-out package is causing great concern and rattling investor confidence across...
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Expect a Shuffling of ETRM/CTRM Vendor Deck in 2013

The streets are rife with rumors these days of E/CTRM software companies closing their doors, buying others, selling off, merging and every other flavor of transaction imaginable.  Even in the craziest of times, like after the financial meltdown of 2008, I’ve never gotten the level of calls and...
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If You Want to Know What to Think or Do, Just Ask a Celebrity…

…as they are clearly the wisest people we have. The Associated Press published an article earlier this week spot lighting some of the terrific work done by our Hollywood heroes and a few sorta-celebrities in fighting the good fight against evil energy companies and their tool of global...
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Shell Building LNG Plants for North American Consumption

Shell announced today that they are going to build two new LNG liquefaction plants in North America, not for export, but for domestic consumption as a motor fuel.  The two plants, one in Louisiana and one in Ontario Canada will provide LNG fuel for shipping and heavy onshore...
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