As the energy trading market grows more dynamic with each day, simplification and customization of ETRM applications have emerged as a significant challenge for energy traders. It is often observed that for energy trading businesses, the process of transforming applications is considerably archaic and is usually undertaken manually by energy trading organizations. As a result, the transition process is mostly slower or could be even highly risky at that point. This is where emdash comes to the aid of ETRM businesses and their IT departments by simplifying the management of complex ETRM applications through robust processes, flexibility, consistency, and quality standards.

As a support service provider for managing the customization of monolithic ETRM applications, emdash strives to drive significant competitive edge for its customers in the transforming ETRM marketplace. Colin Jones, Founder of emdash says, “We are not only enabling CIOs with control but are also providing them with a robust ETRM software management platform that can help them in reducing their costs and risks while also being completely agile in the ETRM space.”

Specialized in managing complex ETRM applications, emdash caters to two types of clientele. The first set includes Greenfield implementations of applications that offer various aspects such as automation, structure, and computation of the client’s application infrastructure. The second type of clientele involves the customers who already have ETRM applications in place but struggle to customize them and keep them updated. When ETRM traders seek to change their application systems, they need to do it in a manner that is facilitated in a controlled model throughout the development life cycle of their platform. Emdash enables its clients to easily implement the new version of the software, with additional customizations on top of their existing application system while developing and testing against it. Traditionally, energy trading applications were pinned under the inadequacy of test environments and additional concerns of cost and complexity. “Our solution offering is the elastic provision of test environments, as they are needed, while providing our clients with standardization of the application layout as it’s interfaced into an environment,” adds Jones.

we are not only enabling CIOs with control but are also providing them with a robust ETRM software management platform that can help them in reducing their costs and risks while enabling agility in the ETRM space

The emdash product portfolio is segregated into specific functionalities offered by the company including cloud computing, DevOps, system monitoring and end-to-end application management. Currently, the emdash DevOps tool is the main offering delivered by the company that automates the client’s environment management functions, such as environment provision and code deployments. The tool also allows complex processes to be reduced to a simple point and click action, speeding up completion times, reducing effort and minimizing the risk of deployment issues through human error.

Emdash cloud is the company’s cloud approach, which enables the customer to manage production environments for their ETRM applications in the public or private cloud while also provisioning additional development and test environments for them. Emdash provides end-to-end application management through which the company brings special and niche skills in managing complex ETRM applications for its clients and eliminates the load off of the customer’s IT departments. The company’s system monitoring tool—emdash Monitor is currently under production, which is being developed for monitoring the health of ETRM systems implementation. The tool provides the client with a dashboard so they can configure and build upon the pre-configured IT stack.

Presently, as the emdash portfolio reaches the mark of six years in the industry, emdash plans to move forward with its ETRM application strategy of removing inefficiencies and risk associated with managing these applications. The company envisions expanding its global footprint in the market beyond Europe. “At the moment, we are looking to forge strategic partnerships with other like-minded firms in order to provide a compelling proposition for larger and more global players in the ETRM space,” concludes Jones.