Critical stage gates for a successful CTRM software selection and implementation program of work
Selecting and implementing CTRM software is a critical decision for any organisation that deals with commodities trading. It is a complex process that requires a comprehensive approach to ensure a successful implementation that meets business needs and objectives.
Stage Gate 1: Planning and Preparation
- The organisation has clearly defined business requirements and objectives for the CTRM software implementation.
- A project team consisting of internal stakeholders and external consultants has been established.
- A budget has been allocated for the project.
- A project plan, including timelines and milestones, has been developed and approved.
- A risk management plan has been developed.
- A vendor shortlist has been created based on an RFP process.
- Project plan adherence.
- Risk management effectiveness.
- Vendor evaluation and selection process effectiveness.
Stage Gate 2: Vendor Evaluation and Selection
- The vendor shortlist has been approved.
- The project team has developed a comprehensive RFP document that clearly outlines the organisation’s business requirements.
- Vendor demonstrations have been scheduled.
- A vendor has been selected and contract negotiations have been completed.
- The vendor has demonstrated that their software meets the organisation’s business requirements.
- The vendor has provided a clear implementation plan.
- Vendor selection process adherence.
- Vendor software evaluation effectiveness.
- Vendor implementation plan completeness.
Personnel and Capabilities
Selecting the right personnel and capabilities is critical to the success of a CTRM software implementation. The project team should consist of both internal stakeholders and external consultants with the necessary expertise and experience to ensure a successful implementation. In this section, we will discuss how to evaluate and select the right personnel and capabilities for the staff that are going to be involved in a CTRM software implementation.
Evaluate Internal Personnel
When selecting internal personnel for the project team, it is essential to evaluate their expertise, experience, and availability. The following are some key factors to consider when evaluating internal personnel:
- Expertise: Look for personnel who have relevant expertise in commodities trading, risk management, and IT.
- Experience: Select personnel who have experience in similar projects, preferably with a successful track record.
- Availability: Ensure that personnel can commit the necessary time and resources to the project.
Evaluate External Consultants
External consultants can provide the necessary expertise and support to complement internal personnel. When selecting external consultants, the following are some key factors to consider:
- Expertise: Look for consultants who have relevant expertise in CTRM software implementation, commodities trading, risk management, and IT.
- Experience: Select consultants who have experience in similar projects, preferably with a successful track record.
- Availability: Ensure that consultants can commit the necessary time and resources to the project.
- Fit: Ensure that consultants fit well with the organization’s culture and can work effectively with internal personnel.
Evaluate Training and Support
The success of a CTRM software implementation depends on the training and support provided to end-users. When evaluating training and support capabilities, the following are some key factors to consider:
- Training: Look for training providers who have relevant expertise in CTRM software and can provide customised training based on the organisation’s needs. Keep in mind that it might not be the product vendor by themselves providing this service, you may need collaboration across a number of providers, as the training is not just about the new system, there are multiple people, technology and process change factors that need to be considered.
- Support: Select a vendor who can provide ongoing support and maintenance for the CTRM software.
- Availability: Ensure that training and support providers can commit the necessary time and resources to the project.