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CTRM trends for 2018 – Podcast at CTRMRadio

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Which are the trends for 2018?

 

Jan van den Brom, Managing Partner of Agiboo revealed 3 trends in CTRM technology industry for 2018 in the first podcast of CTRM Radio from CTRM Center. Together with him, other CTRM leaders projected also potential trends within the same field.

 

Disruptive technologies were of course on the table and opinions regarding the evolving technology of dedicated software for commodity industries were mentioned.

 

Jan talked about integration sophistication in CTRM systems, like in Agiblocks CTRM, maturity in cloud availability and acceptance, but also didn’t avoid mentioning the new disruptive technologies, like Blockchain or AI, which probably will take part in the game of CTRM technology applications.

 

 

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The highlights of Jan’s interview:

 

  • Integration with ERP, pricing providers and CRM will have a faster implementation
  • Maturity in cloud availability but also a more wide trust on the cloud services
  • Disruptive technologies like AI, Blockchain probably will find their place in CTRM technology
  • Leaving behind the legacy systems and trusting more dedicated software for commodity industries

 

Listen to the full interview here

 

 

 

 

Meet Sashidhar, our new Software Test Engineer

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With the new-year, more new members joined the team of Agiboo, strengthening our efforts investments in the scope and quality of Agiblocks.

 

Agiblocks it’s not just a CTRM system, is a specific CTRM system designed according to the needs of small and big enterprises, which are trading agricultural oρ soft commodities.

 

We enhance and grow our functionality base through frequent releases, with respect to our release management we are investing in our quality processes aiming to work towards continuous delivery.

 

Sashidhar joined recently our Software Testing department and we couldn’t miss the chance to annoy him with a short interview during the lunch break.

 

Are you ready to meet our new Software Test Engineer, Sashidhar?

 

 

Sashidhar, Software Test Engineer

Sashidhar, Software Test Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Hi Sashidhar, welcome on board! Can you tell us a bit about you and your background?

 

 

Hi, thank you, I am also excited joining you! Well, I’m Sashidhar Joganna a test professional. I have 13+ years of experience in the software development process. I have worked in banking and energy sector carrying out test activities for software development using the traditional waterfall approach and agile methodologies. In addition, I’m also a tech savvy person with knowledge of C#, mainframes and few scripting languages.

 

 

-What is your experience in testing software systems?

 

 

I have vast experience in testing complex systems in banking and geoscience industry. In the banking domain, have worked for wholesale and retail markets testing different applications related to trading and mortgages. Also, managing test activities from requirement analysis to execution of tests along with business stakeholders in order to satisfy their needs has been my key skills.

 

 

-What is are your key goals and expectations working in Agiboo?

 

 

Test automation is indeed a challenge to keep the quality of the product high. Especially within this fast-changing market and have experience in setting up an automation test framework. For example, some tools to credit to my knowledge are Coded UI, Test Complete and Specflow.

 

Moreover, implementing test automation for continuous delivery is one of the key goals. Thus, I have been working through which and remains in line to my role at Agiboo, where I will utilize my skills to provide a quality product to our customers.

 

 

-Well, enjoy your lunch Sashi and success for your new role!

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

Agiboo at CTRM Center: SAP Integration High on User’s Wanted List

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Jan van den Brom’s interview to Gary Vasey at CTRM Center

 

“Recently, I caught up with CTRM Thought Leader Mr. Jan van den Brom of Agiboo. He told me that Agiboo had gained quite a few new clients in softs since we had last spoken, mainly in coffee and cocoa. He also saw an increased appetite for CTRM in recent months as the market appears to be recovering. Interestingly, he also felt that the buyers knew a lot more about the CTRM market and that they increasingly knew exactly what they wanted. He thought that this was down to increased experience in selecting CTRM. Another interesting observation about buyers was that they focus more on the technology and functionality and less on the vendor meaning that smaller vendors are doing better these days – something ComTech predicted early last year.

 

Agiblocks has also seen a lot of added functionality and several new releases since we last spoke including handling of bulk commodities. They were now in the process of identifying and adding very specific pieces of complex functionality, he told me. Agiboo has also grown in terms of staffing and is up 25% in terms of headcount.

 

A significant growth factor for the company has been the requirement for SAP integration, he told me. Companies running SAP for accounting or production are increasingly in need of CTRM for the purchasing side of the business or they have a separate trading unit that needs the software. He said that as much as 60% of their work is now SAP-related. SAP users need a sophisticated level of integration with CTRM such as obtaining inventory levels for valuation, for example.

 

I also asked about disruptive technology and in particular blockchain. Mr van den Brom thinks that blockchain could change the entire commodity value chain but not for another 5-10 years. He said that it will provide absolute transparency into the value chain in that time but that traders prefer opaqueness. He also made the point that unlike some earlier technologies focused on supply chain transparency, blockchain doesn’t require a trusted third-party to verify. He also sees microservices having impact in the near future but isn’t sure how some established vendors can adapt to that as they are on ‘legacy’ software. In that sense, he sees microservices as a disruptor for some but not all CTRM vendors.

 

Interesting views and observations indeed and much of what he said tends to support our views at ComTech. We increasingly see smaller vendors benefiting at the expense of the more established vendors and the demise of Triple Point – a ‘can’t fail’ sort of company, has also eroded the larger vendors credibility somewhat making it easier for smaller vendors to win business. Increasingly we also see a focus on ‘fit for purpose’ solutions at the expense of the all singing, all dancing multi-commodity solution. We will also feature Jan and other CTRM thought leaders in the first CTRMradio podcast due out in February.”