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
We like to do things differently at Aspect. We showed that with our open pricing policy back in 2011. Now we’re challenging another industry norm by developing a revolutionary set of embedded tools that will empower customers, or their choice of third party consultant, to do that essential final part of the deployment and make whatever changes they want thereafter.
Steve Hughes
President & CEO
Aspect Enterprise Solutions
This is just the beginning. We've hired a new team in our newly formed partnership division whose job is to identify key companies that meet our strategic partner goals for selling, deploying and supporting AspectCTRM solutions. This group will leverage the lengthy development work we've done over the past several years for our AESthetics project, which will allow our deployment partners the ability to learn, configure and deploy our solutions as quickly as we can, in just a few weeks. There's huge cost efficiency savings in this.
Steve Hughes
President & CEO
Aspect Enterprise Solutions

Partners

cme

CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe and delivers CBOT and NYMEX prices through AspectDSC. We provide the widest range of benchmark futures and options products available on any exchange, covering all major asset classes, including interest rates, equities, FX, commodities, and alternative investments such as weather and real estate.


The IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) operates the leading market for trading Brent crude futures-- the key benchmark for pricing crude oil produced and consumed outside of the United States-- as well as a range of refined oil products. ICE also operates the primary market for trading cleared OTC Henry Hub contracts - the most actively traded natural gas hub in North America.

Argus is a leading provider of data on prices and fundamentals, news, analysis, consultancy services and conferences for the global crude, oil products, natural gas, electricity, coal, emissions, bioenergy, fertilizer, petrochemical and transportation industries. Data provided by Argus are widely used for indexation of physical trade. Companies, governments and international agencies also use Argus information for analysis and planning purposes.

London Metal Exchange
Established for over 130 years and located in the heart of The City of London, the London Metal Exchange is the world's premier non-ferrous metals market. It offers futures and options contracts for aluminium, copper, nickel, tin, zinc and lead plus two regional aluminium alloy contracts. In 2005 the Exchange launched the world's first futures contracts for plastics; for polypropylene and linear low density polyethylene, with the introduction of regional plastics contracts in 2007. A new steel billet contract will be fully launched on 28 April 2008.

The LME is a highly liquid market and in 2007 achieved volumes of 93 million lots, equivalent to $9,500 billion annually and between $35-45 billion on an average business day. Despite its London location the LME is a global market with an international membership and with more than 95% of its business coming from overseas.


Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), is a leading global provider of energy and metals information. With a century of business experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150 countries. An independent provider, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity, emissions, nuclear power, coal, petrochemical, shipping, and metals markets from 17 offices worldwide. Platts' real-time news, pricing, analytical services and conferences help markets operate with transparency and efficiency. Traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry leaders depend upon Platts to help them make better business decisions.


Dow Jones Newswires' award-winning content includes economic, financial and market-moving political news from around the world. It is the world's leading independent, real-time financial news provider, delivering more than 8,000 news items a day to more than 330,000 financial professionals in 66 countries.

In addition to this, millions of people access selected Dow Jones Newswires content through various corporate Internet sites, electronic exchanges, corporate intranets and business information services. Dow Jones Newswires provides real-time news services in ten languages.

In April 2003, Dow Jones Newswires was voted "News Provider of the Year" by market data and exchange professionals in the Market Data Awards, organised by the Risk Waters publication Inside Market Data. In August 2002, an independent survey of nearly half of all U.K. dealing-room professionals named Dow Jones Newswires the "Best Financial News Service". Dow Jones Newswires achieved the highest rating for speed of breaking news, reliability and breadth of reporting and overall customer satisfaction.

Founded in 1882, Dow Jones Newswires has more than 700 real-time editors and reporters. It is part of Dow Jones & Company's global news network of more than 1,600 news staff. Dow Jones Newswires also draws on the resources of several of its media partners including the Associated Press and Nikkei.

BBC
BBC Monitoring supplies news, information and comment gathered from the mass media around the world. Linguists and journalists operate around the clock to monitor more than 3,000 radio, TV, press, Internet and news agency sources, translating into English from up to 100 languages.

BBC Monitoring was created on the eve of World War II to help Britain track foreign propaganda. It has been a valuable source of information during subsequent upheavals, including the Cold War, the collapse of communism and more recent crises in the Gulf and in the Balkans.

FMC
FMC produces independent, neutral and accurate forward market curve data for the oil industry. It currently provides valuable price discovery for the most liquid benchmark crude oil and product grades traded in the Asian oil market. FMC was set up by all of the leading oil brokerage houses covering the Asian oil market from Singapore, Tokyo and London , whose combined curve data is the most robust mark-to-market standard available to the industry.


Since 1977, OPIS has been the source for U.S. wholesale petroleum prices and news. OPIS spot, wholesale and retail coverage is distributed via newsletters, Internet, email and handheld wireless services. OPIS' more than 40 editors and pricing experts track more than 70,000 rack prices for heating oil, gasoline, diesel and kerosene, and thousands of contract prices for jet fuel, LP-gas, residual fuel, and ethanol. More than 85,000 retail gasoline prices are also tracked daily. OPIS clients include the top oil companies, thousands of distributors, traders, government and commercial buyers of petroleum products in North America.


The Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME), a joint venture between Tatweer, a member of Dubai Holding, the New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. (NYMEX) and the Oman Investment Fund (OIF) is the premier international energy futures and comodities exchange in the Middle East, uniquely positioned to provide price transparency and market liquidity for crude oil from the world's foremost oil producing and exporting region.

Bursa Malaysia is one of Asia’s largest exchanges and located right at the center of the world’s biggest biofuels market. Palm oil has strong connections with the production of biodiesel, the market for which is expected to soar and approach $13Bn by 2014. AspectDSC features its Crude Palm Oil Futures contract (FUPO). FUPO is a USD denominated palm oil futures contract which compliments the existing MYR denominated FCPO. It is a cash settled contract which does not involve physical delivery of the underlying Crude Palm Oil (CPO).


Metal Registration Ltd is the leading independent provider of brand registration services to metal producers wishing to list their metal production on: NYMEX, COMEX, DGCX, LBMA, LME, SHFE, TOCOM. This Brand Registration Service ensures your brand application dossier meets the rules and procedures of the chosen Exchange or Market.


International Business House organises and administers professional excellence programmes and business services that help our clients advance in their fields. Specializing in working with the oil and gas industry, all programmes focus on the realities of global markets and contemporary technologies and techniques that specialists must master to survive and succeed in today’s global economy.