In the past trading houses had only two options: spreadsheets or big-budget custom software development programs. Now SaaS-delivered solutions combined with Cloud Computing offer a real, cost-effective alternative. With the global economy, regulatory environment and credit shrinkage increasingly mandating formalized systems for even small trading companies, SaaS offers fast-start, turnkey solutions without up-front investment or resource demands.
Steve Hughes
President & CEO
Aspect Enterprise Solutions
Cloud-based applications — aka Software as a Service (SaaS) — have seen steady growth over the past few years and will continue to grow.
Gartner, Inc., Cloud Computing: The Next Generation of Outsourcing, Ben Pring, November 1, 2010

According to Technology Research Analyst Firm Gartner…

We are in the midst of a fundamental shift, as more enterprises start to use services enabled by cloud technologies. This will heavily impact IT services providers, who must now consider strategies for coping with profound changes in the marketplace or risk being left behind.
Cloud Computing:
The Next Generation Of Outsourcing
Ben Pring, November 1, 2010
According to Technology Research Analyst Firm Gartner…
Increasingly, hosted or SaaS-based solutions are gaining favor among end users as a means of reducing capital costs, deployment times and support overheads. While traditionally these solutions were preferred options for smaller end users or end users with limited functional requirements, as the functional capabilities of SaaS - or application service provider (ASP)-based deployments grow, the appeal to larger organizations will widen.
Magic Quadrant For Energy Trading And Risk Management Platforms
Keith Harrison and
David Furlonger
March 18, 2011
AspectCTRM was installed and working for us so fast – quickly enabling us to get a real-time understanding of profit and loss, exposures, price movements in the markets and how we can better manage risk.
Peter Malcom King
Business Development & Strategy Manager
Linetrale Oil Supply & Trading Company, Nigeria

10 Things You Should Know Before Purchasing A
Commodity Trading & Risk Management System (CTRM)




  • Are you struggling to understand your exact trading positions?
  • Has using spreadsheets reached its limit in your growing trading business, where visibility and the consolidation of your trades have become a painstaking process?
  • Is too much time and manpower being spent on manual, redundant processes and inaccurate data fixes throughout the trade cycle?
  • Is risk reporting and “what-if” analysis impossible?

In these tough times there’s no doubt that managing risk within your organization should be a top priority. The costs of failing to manage and control risks are high, but the right Trading and Risk Management system configured in the right way will have a positive impact on profits, reduce cost of capital, reduce business volatility and improve the effectiveness of your trading operations world wide. Implementing a new CTRM system can be an expensive and time consuming operation so it’s essential to make sure the solution you choose will suit your company’s needs, now and in the future. Before you commit to buying any CTRM solution, find out what 10 key things you should consider first.

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We just got in 8 weeks what has eluded us for 8 Years!
The CEO of one of our customers in Asia, about their quick CTRM implementation time and ability to leverage real-time P&L with AspectCTRM