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.

Learn Key Lessons from Value Creed to Ensure CTRM Upgrade Success

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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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CTRM software systems become obsolete every time there is a change in technology, a new market regulation or amendment in the current structure. More complex trading and risk management strategies become the need of the hour to keep pace with your competitors, especially when you want to penetrate different markets and engage in multi commodities and expand your line of business. But before you think of a system upgrade, you should ask yourself the 3 W’s – Why, What and When before making any decision, as upgrading a large CTRM software system costs you somewhere between $1-2 million per the implementation specialists.

WHY Upgrade

  • When you want to take advantage of the changing technology (cloud based, big data or blockchain) and increase your performance and eventually ROI.

  • To get benefits from new user friendly features, bug fixes and automation of critical business process to save time and money.

  • To enjoy benefits of the services provided by the CTRM software system vendors and make your system more compatible with new enhancements.

  • To adhere to regulatory reforms and avoid any operational risks arising from non-compliance.

WHAT to Upgrade

  • Old versions – which may be no longer compatible with other, connected applications either in-house or out bound.

  • System performance – which may have been reduced due to increase in trading activities and large data flows in the system.

  • Processes – performed manually, but which are now automated and are available in the new version of the CTRM system software.

WHEN to Upgrade

  • When you want to diversify your commodity portfolio and enter new geographies or expand your line of business.

  • There is a change in regulations or a new regulation is introduced.

  • A new strategy or complex deal pricing mechanism needs to be embedded into the system.

  • Large amount of data needs to be integrated to profit in a world of shrinking margins.

  • Operational losses are increasing because of manual processing of some businesses – critical processes like mark to market valuations, trade validations, batch processing or EOD processing.

CTRM software systems are complex and it becomes necessary to follow the advice of expert commodity consultants and developers to drive you smoothly through system upgrades while you focus on your core business.

At Value Creed, we take pride in delivering successful system upgrades for our clients in commodity markets. With a team of highly skilled and professional consultants with a cumulative experience of 80 years, we provide expert functional and technical support in CTRM software system upgrades.

Considering a CTRM software system upgrade? Partner with us to know more about how we can help you achieve your business goal and targets, on time and well within budget.