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Technology Solutions

How You Can Make Your Zoom Meetings More Secure

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This pandemic has brought major disruption to the world, forcing millions to work from home. With remote working as the new “business as usual”, it is only natural that video...

Strategy & Transformation

Working From Home: A Parent's Perspective

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By now, many of us have been working remotely for a few weeks. With “shelter-in-place” becoming more prevalent (Houston just extended its “shelter-in-place” on this week), more...

Technology Solutions

Scaling Smartly: Automation as an Alternative to Adding Labor

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A booming business is a good problem to have. As your business scales up, the additional work can affect your company’s departments disproportionately. Some departments will be...

Strategy & Transformation

When Do We Stop Asking Questions?

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The two major aspects of my life are raising two boys, and my career as an energy consultant, and I love both aspects.  The two aspects of my life have natural synergies and...

Strategy & Transformation

Scaling Smartly: Define Good Processes Before You Automate

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Humans love consistency. Sure, we occasionally want to be scared, or surprised, or to discover new things. But we mostly like things to be predictable.

Integrated Operations

Integrated Operations (IO) for Low Crude Price Environment

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The current downturn in oil prices has thrown our industry into a difficult series of deep cost-cutting exercises to maintain cash flow without sacrificing the future. While...

Trading & Risk Advisory

Four Components of Credit Risk Analysis

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Among commodity trading organizations, there is an unexpectedly wide variety of internal credit risk analysis processes.  Many firms measure less than is prudent given their...

CTRM Systems

Using Data Stores to Enhance Your CTRM Ecosystem

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How many times have you looked at the list of data sources coming into your commodity/energy trading and risk management systems (CTRM/ETRM systems) and been shocked at the...

CTRM Systems

How to Apply a Hybrid Agile Methodology to CTRM Projects

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In our last blog on this subject, Agile vs. Waterfall: Which Delivery Approach is Right for You?, we focused on two standard project management methodologies – Waterfall and...

Trading & Risk Advisory

Market Relationships: The Foundation for Risk Analysis

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Modeling the relationships between markets is sometimes underappreciated as a prerequisite to solid risk analysis.  Market relationships reflect linkages between markets that...

Strategy & Transformation

Collaboration Including Women and Diversity Yields Better Results

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Since 1904, the concept of "general intelligence" was widely accepted. The idea was that people who are good at one mental task tend to be good at many others. With changes in...

Technology Solutions

Data Lakes vs. Data Warehouses: What’s the Difference? 

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During a recent conversation with one of our clients, we were discussing market data for commodities and the best way to store and access them. For the uninitiated, commodity-...