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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-...

Strategy & Transformation

Managing Four Generations in the Workplace

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There are four distinct generations represented by the majority of Americans in the workplace. According to a study by Dr. Bea Bourne, Purdue University, generational...

Technology Solutions

What Features to Consider When Selecting an RPA Software

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Most people interested in Robotic Process Automation (RPA) by now, understand the benefits and value it can create for your organization. As a refresher see Demystifying...

Trading & Risk Advisory

Should I Obtain the GARP ERP Certification?

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As a holder of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Energy Risk Professional (ERP) certification, people often ask me whether they should obtain it. As with most...

Technology Solutions

Maximize your ROI on Digital Investments

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At the end of every year, I look at where all of my money went, and I evaluate my return on investment for every expenditure. This year’s top investment was an electric guitar...