Take that Hill: Improving C/ETRM Software implementations

Post by admin on May 10, 2017

Companies undertaking implementation of C/ETRM systems seek to reduce the risk of delays and exceeding budget.  Actively collaborating creates a foundation for finding effective solutions and an environment where both vendor and customer have skin in the game and failure is not an option. To accommodate this process, following an iterative implementation methodology such as an Agile process is imperative. This approach provides flexibility and adaptability to changes that invariably arise during the process and is designed to deliver small “wins” that demonstrate success, project momentum and therefore a positive customer experience.

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A C/ETRM Solution: The Way You Want It

Post by admin on April 17, 2017

A C/ETRM Solution: The Way You Want It

The message from surveys in the Commodity/Energy Trading and Risk Management (C/ETRM) software market have been consistent in the past few years: Customers want less costly, proven C/ETRM functionality that is implemented faster, with reasonable flexibility as their business process is apt to change more frequently. This calls for a new approach with next generation technology at a lower cost of ownership, has customers looking beyond established C/ETRM vendors who dominated the market but struggle to meet new demands.  Some of them already had their ‘Kodak moment’, while others are applying new lipstick. Pioneer Solutions offers state-of-the-art software that is designed for progress: A C/ETRM solution the way you want it.

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Hedge accounting changes affecting commodity trading under IFRS 9

Post by admin on March 22, 2017

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IFRS 9 is an International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). This new standard is endorsed by the European Union in November 2016 and has a mandatory effective date for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018, with earlier adoption permitted. IFRS 9 will replace the accounting for financial instrument under IAS 39, as this was very complicated and difficult for companies to apply correctly. The new requirements include a new approach to hedge accounting and aligns more closely with risk management, and so should help users of financial statement in their decision-making. Although the general accounting mechanisms will largely remain unchanged, the reforms of IFRS 9 encompass an array of changes that will influence your hedge accounting process in different ways.

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Trends in 2017 that also apply to C/ETRM

Post by admin on January 30, 2017

img-1As always when we enter a new year, business and technology trends are announced of what is expected to be next, that will shape the industry, and the industry may need to get ready for. What is in the cards on the technology side ranges from digital transformation, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and 3D printing and much more. This is further influenced by world and/or market affairs that may impact the business and prompt change. While not all applicable to the commodity trading and risk management industry, let’s consider: TRENDS in 2017 that also apply to C/ETRM Continue reading

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Between Heaven and Earth: The Cloud

Post by admin on December 5, 2016

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Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service has quickly become a compelling and credible delivery model for business applications. If you aren’t converted yet, then realize how you already take part in on-line banking, share your medical records with healthcare providers, and access your retirement investments.

All very personal information that you may think should be equally or more sensitive than the production database of commodity trading companies. Further consider how much your business relies on communicating via the internet. 

On-premise installed C/ETRM software would be as equally ‘out-of-service’ as a cloud-based solution when the internet isn’t available. Therefore, for the educated trading professional looking for proven solutions that lower cost and improve operations, there is something Between Heaven and Earth: The Cloud.

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Is it Nuts to Use ERP Instead of CTRM?

Post by admin on November 8, 2016

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There are several definitions but commonly an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system automates and integrates core business processes such as taking customer orders, scheduling operations and keeping inventory records and financial data. ERP systems have been around and made popular by companies such as SAP, Oracle, Microsoft, NetSuite and a slew of lesser-known vendors.

A fully integrated solution promises to deliver operational efficiencies and improve business results. What’s not to like?

It’s no surprise that softs commodity traders were sold on such an established solution. However, when trading is surrounded by risks and volatility, index pricing and non-standard contract invoicing, they may wonder: Is it Nuts to use ERP instead of CTRM?

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Change your Playbook with a Modern C/ETRM system

Post by admin on September 16, 2016

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Whether it is the energy or the commodity market, they reflect a 21st century business climate of on-going and fast change. Low prices and new regulations are main reasons for the latest turmoil. Your current playbook does not help protect your current business, nor does it succeed in getting you into new ones.

It’s Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Just ask all of those famous companies that missed the next wave, like Kodak and most recently Nokia. Don’t become a “Kodak Moment:” Change your Playbook with a modern C/ETRM system.

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Parsing your Portfolio for Profitability

Post by admin on August 17, 2016

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In the low-margin business of a retail energy supplier, the timely procurement of sufficient wholesale supply at the best possible price and risk level is critical to its profitability.  To answer fundamental questions about supply & demand, portfolio performance, valuations, and profit & loss, requires an integrated system that handles the business processes from supply contracts to settlement, and where the retail sales book is linked to the wholesale sourcing book to facilitate in-depth monitoring and assessment of positions and exposures. Are you able to Parse your Portfolio for Profitability?

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Three Challenges in Turbulent Power Markets

Post by admin on July 18, 2016

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Wholesale energy markets have never been easy and when global deregulation started over 20 years ago, energy trading became more complex giving rise to information technology solutions to address the risks with energy trading: Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM) systems.

It was essentially the first message that the use of ETRM systems was the prudent way to help market participants manage complex risk scenarios and effectively trade and manage energy transactions from trade capture to delivery and settlement. Following several years of economic hardship due to the 2008 global financial crises, market participants now face an environment of ever-emerging rules, the effects of renewable energy and competitive pressures.

It is with an effective ETRM system that market participants can respond to three main challenges: Increasing complexity and workload, contain operating cost, and regulatory requirements.

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Your CTRM Solution: Not Just Capturing Deals, but Also the Customer!

Post by admin on June 14, 2016

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As C/ETRM systems advance, delivering the latest technical innovations supporting commodity trading, the successful software vendor will practice what Steve Jobs so famously said: “You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.”

With C/ETRM systems being such a substantial investment, customers can ill afford failure. Realizing their C/ETRM vision for increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness and happy productive employees, calls for a comprehensive engagement approach that ensures success and delivers a superior customer experience. Prospective customers therefore will be interested to learn from C/ETRM vendors: Is your C/ETRM solution Not Just Capturing Deals, but also the Customer?

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