The Value of a Proof of Concept Project in C/ETRM

Post by admin on March 1, 2018

In one of our previous Blogs we wrote that operating in an environment where flexibility at a lower cost is required, this means a different type of technology solution and implementation is a necessary change for the future of C/ETRM. Next generation C/ETRM solutions from pioneering vendors can deliver on those requirements where legacy system and vendors cannot. For that reason, such solutions end up on the short-list after elaborate use case-based demonstrations. While users are very excited about the innovative functionality they have seen, companies sometimes may hesitate to get out of their comfort zone. For such companies there is a post-demo approach to further assess the viability of a solution for solving their business needs: the value of a Project of Concept Project in C/ETRM!

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Three Trends to Get More Out of your C/ETRM System

Post by admin on February 1, 2018

What an exciting start to the new year! Goals and resolutions are being pursued in order to do things better or differently. At Pioneer Solutions, one goal never changes, and that’s our commitment to approach every engagement with our existing and prospective customers with one objective in mind; ensuring their success and satisfaction. We want them to know how our C/ETRM solutions will benefit their operations through increasing process efficiency, reducing cost, minimizing operational risks while maximizing business opportunities. As a true Pioneer we continuously innovate, living up to our hard-earned reputation of delivering next-generation solutions that the market demands. We do exactly that, when looking at some of this year’s applicable technology trends below. Continue reading


Another Reason for an integrated C/ETRM System: GDPR

Post by admin on January 9, 2018

GDPR is the new General Data Protection Regulation from the European Union (EU) which comes into effect in May 2018.Its intention is to strengthen and unify data protection in an increasingly digitalized world for all individuals within the EU. Personal information is defined as an ‘identifiable natural person’, whether it relates to private of professional life. For example, as part of counterparty contact information, John Doe, Trader at Energy Corporation would be an identifiable person. Moreover, MiFID II reporting now includes natural person data as well. GDPR will require companies to adopt much stricter processes in dealing with customer data. How to comply with new data management practices: an integrated C/ETRM system!

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Next-Generation C/ETRM: Where the Magic Happens

Post by admin on December 4, 2017

We don’t need to dwell on how we are living in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced world. Conditions that put pressure on companies to change. Not just their markets, operations, and organizations but also their beliefs. Those willing to take risk, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards. The current playbook just doesn’t work anymore, and neither do legacy C/ETRM systems or established expectations on how to implement them. Those ageing designs do not provide the flexibility to evolve with the business, while modern C/ETRM systems are implemented in months instead of years. “So, why get out of your comfort zone and implement a Next Generation C/ETRM system? Because that’s where the magic happens!

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Pioneering Views – ETOT Summit 2017

Post by admin on November 17, 2017
For the 9th year, Energy Trading Operations & Technology Summit (ETOT), held in London on 7-9 November, provided an opportunity to discuss best practices and solution to the most pressing challenges around operational and technology issues. Pioneer Solutions joined them as proud sponsor and as a true Pioneer staying ahead of developments in the energy market, while meeting with 180+ participants and information them how its solutions can add value to their operations.

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Intraday Markets: Real Money in near Real Time

Post by admin on November 3, 2017

The past years have seen an emergence of renewable electricity generation which caused a shift to short-term and intraday trading. Traders use the intraday market to optimize their position to reduce risks associated with unexpected imbalance prices charged by the TSOs, while others see the Intraday Market as an important tool for their portfolio management. Renewable generation is less predictable, introducing volatility, where positions may change rapidly and decisions are based on multiple information sources. To manage exposures and capitalize on opportunities, it requires a live, real-time system with automated market connections to the SPOT markets; Intraday Markets: Real Money in near Real Time!

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You need to Digitize before you Robotize: RPA in C/ETRM

Post by admin on October 9, 2017

Digitization is the process of converting information from analog into a digital (i.e. computer-readable) format. It increases the efficiency of business processes. In the field of commodity/energy trading, C/ETRM systems provide a solution to accomplish this. To further improve the efficiency and speed of those work flows, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is being introduced to reduce or eliminate the repetitive processes through a virtual worker, especially the routine and rules-driven tasks in the back office. However, to enable configuration of the virtual worker or robot, the business process must be digital and automated. Yet, surveys reveal that manual processes with little armies of settlement analyst’s are still very common in the back office. You can’t put the cart before the horse: you need to digitize before you robotize!

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Fast Approaching Deadlines of Regulatory changes that could affect your business.

Post by admin on September 7, 2017

Most market participants will not have missed the activities around upcoming changes on the regulatory and accounting side. While most are aware, are most also ready? Time is running out with the first change as soon as November 1, and significant other changes effective by January 2018. Revisions to EMIR will be up first. For those in energy and commodity trading, MIFID II Regulatory Technical Change 20 and 21 are important. MIFID II will also activate a few parts of MAR. Finally, IFRS standard 9, which industry watchers expect most companies to fully adopt, has amandatory effective date for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2018.

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Guaranteed a GO: All Certs in one System

Post by admin on August 21, 2017

Across Europe, consumers choose renewable electricity and do so on a large scale. In both liberalized and monopolized markets consumers are having an increased influence on the production of electricity by specifying the product they wish to use. Guarantee of Origin (GO) certificates are issued to renewable energy producers and the electronic document is used to guarantee to consumers that the energy delivered is produced from renewable resources. The issuance upon production, and cancellation upon consumption, is managed through registries. In the European common energy market, energy can be produced in one EU country and delivered to consumers in another. So, in order to manage GO certificates across multiple registries, and supporting differentiating customer product offerings, is your system guaranteed a ‘GO’?

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A Soft(s) Spot? – Easy insight into certified Counterparties and their Products

Post by admin on July 24, 2017

While recognizing its importance to an efficient and effective trading process, for many trading firms it still takes a laborious and manual effort to know who their approved counterparties are, which products they can trade, and to access certification and compliance paperwork. The quality of products delivered as well as increasing food safety legislation, require proper controls to protect reputations and comply with regulatory rules. At the same time, when those controls are inefficient they will impact the business. In an age of digitalization, the successful commodity trading firms have automated this. Do you have your trading partners’ information and offering at your fingertips, or is this a Soft Spot for you?

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