Training Approach

Training is integrated from inception to the end of the project. We engage the users in training during phases 1 and 2 of the upgrade process. Our team will work side by side with the users to validate the system, and provide informal one-on-one training as well as knowledge-sharing sessions, essentially helping the users “learn by doing”.

Just as testing does not begin with UAT, training does not begin with UATDuring the Upgrade Assessment phase, we establish a collaborative culture with the message, “Endur expertise is on site, feel free to engage with your questions about Endur.” We engage the users during phases 1 and 2 of the upgrade process. In addition to the training embedded in our methodology, formal training at the start of UAT is provided. We edit our training materials to use actual examples to provide a meaningful training experience.  The training experience does not end at go-live. 

The training approach has four elements to execute training. The first element is Training Plan & Documentation. During this, a training plan is developed based on the impact assessment and changes. The second element is testing the training material and identifying individual training needs and deficiencies. The third element focuses on training delivery, where the training participation is tracked. The last element is about refreshing and reinforcing training which details additional training if required.

Our Hyper Care team will ensure that your users are trained in any new functionality or changes to the system. It’s a support phase that follows immediately after the Upgrade Go-Live to ensure seamless adoption. 

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Key Enhancements to Liquids Module UI in Allegro Horizon

This blog summarizes the enhancements made to the user interface of Allegro Horizon’s crude, NGL’s and refined products functionality and help users understand the various benefits of moving to the .NET core version, where in the logistics data gets valued in Valuation and Net Valuation that enhances performance significantly ensuring more consistent results.

The Logistics UI has been powered by various subsets of UIs to get information 

Since the UI has been equipped with various parameters, users have easy access to the information like:

Benefits that a Allegro Horizon Upgrade can deliver

Improved locational hierarchy enabling users to track Locations, Sub-Locations, and Tanks in a hierarchical manner. Users can also set up to mirror the physical and logical organization of customer assets, delivery locations, and receipt locations.

More efficient and user-friendly scheduling around pipelines and in handling high-volume truck operations.

Realtime Position and P&L Reporting with automated line/transit loss and gain recognition helping users avoid manual errors.

Manage multiple inventory types within a tank with the ability to assign tank types like Lease, Storage, and Blending.

Better Exposure Reporting with an improved ability for users to execute aggregate hedging across high-volume liquid operations with complex pricing.

Enhanced net valuations for individual tanks without having the tank set up as its own location allowing a better understanding of inventory costs and value across time periods.

Separation of Tank/pile capacity, volume, and inventory tracking specifying tank capacity, liquid volume, and what portion of liquid volume has to be tracked and valued as inventory enabling users to deal with market disruptions.

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The complexity and volatility of the crude and refined markets require traders and marketers to have real-time information supporting their unique trading requirements. Value Creed’s expertise in CTRM implementations and upgrades can help you leverage the new and updated functionalities allowing the maximum benefit for trading and risk management functions.

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Get the most out of your System

While performing Allegro Horizon Upgrade, energy companies look for an improvement in their existing business functions, system performance to enhance their business process – making it standardized and efficient.

With our more than a decade of experience in performing Allegro Upgrades and keeping our clients up to date with the ever changing technologies, moving to the .NET Core version of the technology can result in a significant performance improvement under the same hardware conditions around areas like processing of Position & Inventory Valuations, Settlements, and Credit.The latest package includes improved out-of-the-box business functions and offer immediate benefits to any existing Allegro user.

Value Creed have been a strong advocate and encourage our clients to use the latest version of the Allegro Horizon system packages to capitalize the maximum value from their trade and risk management business functions. With us providing technical support and guidance to our client’s internal teams, our clients can achieve maximum efficiency that is being offered by the Allegro Horizon Platform.

Benefits Of Upgrading to .NET Core

  • Middle office Managers can analyze same-day Position and P&L Reporting for Immediate Issue Identification, Pricing Visibility, and attributing P&L results to various buckets. Valuation Algorithms have been optimized for faster processing of Exchange-based Futures, Swaps, and Options resulting in significant performance improvements over previous versions.

    The real-time position valuations are more efficient in the recent version and is also easier to configure. Client’s may choose specific finalizers to enable or disable with Incremental Valuations, such as Valuation Summary, P&L Attribution and Open Inventory Calculations.
   
  • Accountants can achieve faster accounting close due to improved performance of batch jobs and a significant reduction in database contention by resolving any deadlock issues. Restructuring the financial-detail table further by splitting it into the transaction-detail table allows the system to do various data intensive operations like Sub-hourly Settlements while simultaneously improving the overall Settlement Process.
   
  • With the time series functionality available in the latest version, traders can add ad hoc volume-shaped trades and address the hourly pricing changes making it easier to create load shapes for short-term trades. In addition to the above benefit to traders, inbound trade interfaces can take advantage of this new functionality to capture the short-term shaped-deals in the system.
   
  • With the addition of modular Exchange connectivity extensions, the system provides additional flexibility to configure and model Exchange-based transactions in the system. As ICE introduces new symbols in the system, the enhanced functionality allows traders to default portfolio-specific fields like tradebook, and strategy more easily.
   
  • Risk, Credit, and Accountants can independently configure valuation modes for their respective functions thereby providing data separation and improved quality of data for their business function.
   
  • System Administrators can avoid potential performance issues from high CPU usage on the machines while performing jobs such as triggering messages, and creating documents and approvals by upgrading to the latest version of the software where the workflows are performed on the grid.
   
  • Accountants can easily configure and create Weekly Invoices within the system under the General Ledger parameters by properly valuing and settling transactions as per their business needs.
   
  • Power Energy Position report has been expanded to include both Physical Power and Financial Power transactions. The expanded reporting capability will allow the front office analysts to get consolidated real-time position reports thereby assisting in the trading decisions, and minimizing customizations.
   

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Interacting with External Interfaces

IFRS 9 treatment for Non-Own Use Commodity Contracts

Performance

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Rationale for Performing CTRM Extension Cataloging

Extension cataloging improves CTRM implementation practices throughout the upgrade process. Performed correctly, it is a worthwhile investment. 

Value Creed’s extensive cataloging ensures smooth implementation

Value Creed’s cataloging services retain critical components from the earlier CTRM software version and discards the non-essential ones and those that will be re-installed with the new version. We rigorously test and remediate flaws in application interfaces to ensure perfect data migration and satisfaction of business requirements. Cataloging defines functionalities, making analysis and upgrade more reliable.    

5 Ways Value Creed’s Extension Cataloging Service Adds Value to CTRM Upgrades/Enhancements

Provides overviews of complex extensions

Helps customers differentiate among similar functionalities

Filters irrelevant business process extensions

Visualizes collections for better remediation and testing

Locates similar or related items, even if they exist in separate classes

How Extension Cataloging Fits Into the CTRM Upgrade Process

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Rationale for Performing CTRM Extension Cataloging

As a part of the pre-upgrade process, each of the class events, message events, database views, and stored procedures are analyzed and categorized based on the functional areas and complexities.  Each component is evaluated to determine what is new, what is different, and what has changed.

Value Creed’s Step-by-Step Process

Identifying Purpose:

We determine each extension’s current use and application (integration, functionality, efficiency).

Identifying Business Task:

For better resource allocation, irrelevant extensions are excluded from the upgrade process.

Assessing CTRM Capability:

Custom events included as standard features in the upgraded CTRM version are discarded.

Identifying Functional Group:

Existing extension groups are categorized by business user: back, front, and middle office, administration, etc.

Sorting by Complexity:

Categorization is performed based on the estimated level of effort required to fix the extension.

CTRM Upgrade Successes

At Value Creed, we’ve seen the impact a successful CTRM upgrade can have on service commodity companies. See the results for yourself in the following case studies.

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Top 6 Reasons for Upgrading Your CTRM Platform

Companies typically evaluate upgrading their CTRM software platforms when new or changing business priorities require them to adapt to markets, products, economic conditions, and business opportunities, or to comply with policies keeping them up to date on the latest software. 

At these inflection points, CIOs and their teams are tapped by executive leaders to drive new innovation in these platforms. This often start with an evaluation of their incumbent CTRM platform’s ability to deliver on these new priorities.

The decision to upgrade a CTRM platform is influenced by key functional concerns like:

Modeling new business requirements

Adapting to technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Cloud

Automation of common tasks via Robotic Process Automation

Faster, more accurate reporting via performance improvements

Optimizing overall functionality to comply with market requirements

Reducing cost of ownership with cloud or hybrid cloud deployment

Key Benefits a CTRM Upgrade Can Deliver

Whether you’re implementing a light upgrade, with Value Creed providing technical support and guidance to internal teams, or a full upgrade where our experts handle everything, these three key values are crucial to keep front of mind.

Quantitative Benefits

Above all, companies assess the costs of a CTRM upgrade against the quantitative benefits of upgrading their commodity management software. By putting numbers to the project, managers have a better sense of what resources they’ll need, including:

Qualitative Benefits

CTRM improvements involve qualitative benefits that improve the overall function of their platform. The advantages companies gain from effective CTRM upgrades often reveal themselves over time.

Some of the qualitative benefits companies seek in their CTRM solutions include:

Commodity trading and risk management relies on getting the right data to the right teams—and keeping data out of the hands of bad actors. These qualitative improvements ensure that only the right people utilize said data.

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3 Keys to a Successful CTRM Upgrade

The decision to upgrade your CTRM requires high consideration, cross-functional buy in, diligent oversight and the right vendor partner to ensure flawless execution.  There are three keys to consider as you select the right partner. 

CTRM Upgrade Project Timelines

Choosing the right upgrade partner is paramount to staying on budget and delivering on time.

Careful Testing Of Platform Customizations

Diligent testing of custom workflows ensures extensions and class events have successful quality assurance.

Making The Right Choice In a CTRM Vendor

Seek a vendor with customer successes and a proven process for mitigating risks.

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CTRM Upgrade Successes

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Upgrading your CTRM is a natural next step for business users, yet many teams evaluating this move are hesitant due to the potential for business disruption, cost overruns and new demands being placed on their in-house staff.  These are real concerns, but there is a better way.  
 
In this pre-recorded 30-minute educational event, we invited special guest Manish “Manny” Neupane, Director, ETRM Applications with Capital Power Corporation to share  his learnings around his efforts to build a business case, get it funded and streamline implementation.  Value Creed’s Jason Parks, Senior Consultant and Principal CTRM Consultant, who has lead over half-a-dozen upgrades, also shares his best practices for overcoming common challenges and alleviating the risk of project mayhem.
 

When you can, take a few moments and explore these key points:

#1. There’s not enough room in the budget to justify CTRM Horizon 145

#2. The risk of disruption to daily, business-critical functions is too great

#3. Upgrades come with a lot of uncertainty; therefore remediation and UAT testing can be extensive

#4. It would cause too much strain on our in-house staff to manage testing and remediation the right way

#5. After go-live, if application support is needed, there’s no resource that’s accessible on-demand

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