Tag Archives: ETRM

Parsing your Portfolio for Profitability

Post by admin on August 17, 2016


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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Your Aha! Moment: SettlementTracker a Better Mouse Trap

Post by admin on May 10, 2016

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Progress always involves risk: you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. Decision-makers not willing to get out of their comfort zone will choose a solution based on the old adage “you can’t go wrong with IBM.”

A misguided attempt to secure their jobs. Decision-makers interested in real progress and getting ahead are what management consultant Geoffrey Moore calls “early adopters” and “pragmatists in pain.” They go with disruptors who have a better mousetrap to solve problems that can’t be solved with established products.

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Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Post by Pioneer Solutions on April 29, 2015

As a result of several years of economic hardship, companies have been forced to rethink how and where to invest like never before. Organizations in the energy trading industry are no exception to this pattern. Many have set their sights on cost (of trading) management in an effort to simultaneously become more efficient and reduce cost. Surprisingly, this cost efficiency may be partially realized in the back office. Now, the question is: Are you leaving money on the table?

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Wishful Thinking and the NIH Syndrome

Post by Pioneer Solutions on March 25, 2015

Wishful Thinking is an attitude or belief that something you want to happen will happen even though it is not likely or possible instead of by appealing to evidence, rationality, or reality.

Not Invented Here (NIH) is a state of mind or philosophy that stems from a belief that in-house systems are inherently more suited to one’s organization than third party solutions. This results in a tendency to attempt to “reinvent the C/ETRM wheel.”

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Empower On-the-Go Traders and Risk Managers With New Mobile App!

Post by admin on October 15, 2013

Earlier this month, Pioneer released a new mobile app that enables our customers and their users of our C/ETRM and environmental software solutions to securely and easily perform critical processes anywhere, via their mobile device. The mobile app supports various features of our industry-recognized Pioneer Solutions C/ETRM software applications in order to allow users to continue normal workflow managements outside of the office and on-the-go.

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No Coding Needed | Next Generation C/ETRM Solutions

Post by admin on October 11, 2013

Despite a multitude of options, features, functions and benefits being offered in the C/ETRM software marketplace, many lack a number of key, desirable elements.  Of the many important decisions to consider when embarking on a C/ETRM system purchase (read our blog “6 C/ETRM System Downfalls to Avoid”), one of the most crucial things to take into consideration is how the software architecture has been developed and coded.

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How Can C/ETRM Compliance Solutions Help My Business?

Post by admin on September 12, 2013

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How Can C/ETRM Compliance Solutions Help My Business?
With regulations such as Dodd-Frank, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), and the Regulation on Energy Market Integrity and Transparency (REMIT) continuing to impact energy and commodity trading operations this year, most businesses have found themselves adding “compliance ready” to their list of C/ETRM system requirements.

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Top 10 Energy & Risk News Highlights | May 2013

Post by admin on May 31, 2013

Welcome to May’s Top 10 Energy & Risk News Highlights

The goal of this series is to provide a brief list of the top news stories each month for the Commodity and Energy Trading and Risk Management industries. These stories come from some of the industry’s top sources spanning from Bloomberg Businessweek to Oilprice.com.

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