CTRM software house of the year: ION

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CTRM software house of the year: ION
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ION is a leading provider of holistic energy and commodities management solutions to organisations of all sizes, across all industries, commodities and regions. The company’s portfolio ranges from a packaged, multi-tenant software-as‑a‑service energy trading and risk management (ETRM)/commodities trading and risk management (CTRM), to a highly customisable ETRM/CTRM to a platform for advanced trading and risk analytics for data-driven business optimisation. Its products support commodities organisations’ exact current requirements and as their businesses grow and evolve into the future.

Sunil Biswas, ION
Sunil Biswas, ION

ION’s product portfolio comprises five innovative ETRM/CTRM solutions, including Allegro, Aspect, RightAngle, Openlink and TriplePoint, and a suite of 11 value-added solutions with capabilities extending beyond those of a traditional ETRM/CTRM. These solutions include credit and collateral management, portfolio and asset optimisation (ION’s FEA Analyzer), supply chain optimisation, vessel chartering and operations (ION’s Softmar software) and market price and news aggregation. ION supports all companies on their paths to digitising and automating their business operations. With 16 distinct product solutions, it offers choices to organisations of all sizes and business sophistication to meet their specific needs.

“We are on a mission to help firms unlock business insights from the data generated across their ecosystems,” says Sunil Biswas, chief product officer at ION.

In today’s challenging commodities markets, where volatility can wipe out profits in an instant, it is vital companies have real-time visibility into their positions, exposure and risk. One of ION’s latest innovations, FEA Analyzer, collates and analyses complex business data, enabling informed, real-time decision-making while maximising profits across the value chain. FEA Analyzer is ideally suited to model the optionality on structured deals, such as power purchase agreements and long-term delivery for gas and liquefied natural gas contracts, to further empower ION’s customers as they navigate energy transition.

As the world transitions to net-zero emissions, ION strives to be organisations’ partner of choice by delivering best-in-class trading and risk solutions across the energy and commodities value chain. Earlier this year, ION launched Carbon Zero (powered by Aspect) as a simple and fast trading and inventory solution for carbon and renewables certificates. With this solution, businesses can manage the complete trade lifecycle with a configurable certificate workflow for European, Australian and fuel-trading markets, such as European Union Allowances, Guarantees of Origin, Renewable Identification Numbers, Low-carbon Fuel Standards, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation and hydrogen-binding energy, with real-time valuation, liquidity risk profiling and settlement. Aspect’s standard package comes with out-of-the-box configuration for a diverse range of market instruments and connectivity to major exchanges, enabling customers to deploy in a matter of weeks for a quick return on investment.

“At ION, our strength comes from the power of our community and our commitment to innovation,” says Biswas. “By actively engaging with our customers, we maintain a holistic and detailed view of their current and future needs. This continuous collaboration ensures we are empowering our community to achieve their business goals with new, innovative solutions that address the challenges of constantly evolving markets.”

The Japanese retail power market is one such market. With its recent deregulation, many new entrants in need of comprehensive commodities management solutions have emerged. ION has been the trusted partner of many of these key players in the region, providing them with an integrated view of their portfolios, coupled with an advanced risk engine for data-driven decisions covering the complete value chain of wholesale and retail power.

“We are honoured that Energy Risk recognises our leading role in shaping the future of energy and commodities management solutions in Asian markets,” says Biswas. “The industry recognition inherent in this award confirms the community’s collective trust in our ability to innovate and meet their evolving needs throughout their digital transformation journeys.” 

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