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    Dr. Zak El-Ramly of ZE PowerGroup Inc. Selected as 2021 S&P Global Platts’s Global Energy Awards Finalist

    Dr. Zak El-Ramly, President & CEO of ZE PowerGroup Inc. has been announced a finalist in the 23rd annual Global Energy Awards today by S&P Global Platts. Dr. Zak El-Ramly, ZE PowerGroup Inc., is a contender for the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the founder, President and CEO of ZE, a global company that has […]

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    Today ZE PowerGroup (ZE) announced that oil Majors on the ZEMA platform benefit from Signal Ocean APIs. Integrating data from a diverse datasets like Signal Ocean enables customers to tap into a mixture of data sources. They can identify the most relevant data points using these sources to define and enhance their decision-making process. This […]

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    The Business Intelligence Group has awarded ZE PowerGroup Inc. (ZE) a 2021 Stratus Award for Cloud Computing as a part of their annual business award program. The organization seeks to identify companies, products, and people that leverage cloud technologies to offer unique solutions. ZE Cloud is an award-winning private cloud solution offering secure, efficient, fully […]

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    More Data, More Problems: One Solution

    Whether you are in Energy, Commodities, Agriculture, Mining, Shipping or a Market participant within a data-driven organization, you often find yourself overwhelmed by large volume of data that needs to be managed and analyzed. Further, the data is continuing to grow at an exponential rate; for example, the natural gas market alone can produce more than half a million data points on a daily basis.

    Taking the time to manage vast amounts of data isn’t easy. It’s onerous, costly, and although it is not a core business focus, it is very time-consuming. Many organizations don’t have the resources required to undertake the task of managing high volumes of data. On the other hand, some organizations are expending valuable resources downloading market data from public and vendor source sites manually through custom ad hoc or segregated processes, normalizing this data, and distributing it to the right users to make informed decisions. All of these processes must occur before decision makers can even begin making sense of the data.

    In order for data to be useful, market participants must be able to trust the quality of data they receive and quality is difficult to ascertain when data is collected and stored manually. System inefficiencies, interrupted flows of data, and human error can completely undermine the analysis process.

    The Data Management Challenge

    In order to get a handle on your business’ data needs it is important to establish what data you require from the outset. For example, if you need to create forward curves, you may need to access historical spot prices or exchange prices to complete the task. Ensuring that you’re working the correct data from the beginning will save you more time when it comes to making sense of the curve.

    Another data challenge facing many businesses involved with data analysis is that they typically gather vast volumes of data from disparate sources in a myriad of formats; data may be published as a URL, PDF, CSV, or Excel file, for example. Some sources are made available to the public, while others must be purchased from private vendors. Different sources require different extraction and formation methods. The ability to collect data from any source in any format and granularity, validate this data, and integrate it with end users’ systems is the Holy Grail for business analysts, traders and risk managers alike.

    Not the least of these data management concerns is that in many cases, the brightest minds in an organization may be spending hours collecting and normalizing data rather than analyzing it. Resources are typically very costly. Without centralized data, all data generated from varied systems becomes overwhelming and practically unusable in its raw form. Storing data long-term can be challenging; most normalized data ends up in data log files discarded on a regular basis.

    Developing a database that ensures data is centralized and easy to access throughout the organization is essential for businesses with cost reduction and efficiency in mind. However, most organizations lack the necessary IT bandwidth or resources to perform such a task.

    How can your company reduce the resources spent locating, collecting and normalizing data, and instead focus more energy on using that data to guide business critical decisions?

    The Powerful, Integrated Solution

    With the right data management solution, you can overcome the challenges associated with managing large amounts of data. At ZE PowerGroup, we have developed an award winning data management and analytics solution, ZEMA™.  ZEMA is an enterprise data management and integration platform that offers advanced capabilities to meet specific data management requirements for analysts, traders and risk managers. ZEMA’s powerful automated data capturing application, Data Manager automatically captures, schedules, standardizes and stores tremendous volumes of data from multiple data providers across all industries worldwide, and pushes this data into one centralized database. ZEMA collects data from any source, in any format, and under any schedule.

    ZEMA ensures the integrity of data is known by assuring data being collected is timely and accurate through automated data checking and validation procedures, enabling end-users to make rapid, consistent, and effective decisions.

    To see how the ZEMA can empower your organization, book a personalized discovery call, watch our video or download our brochure.

    The post More Data, More Problems: One Solution appeared first on Blogs by data management Experts & Analysts | ZE.

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    How has The COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerated Cloud Adoption

    “Digital transformation” and “cloud adoption” have been buzzwords for the business world for the last few years. From enterprise-level organizations to small and medium businesses, it appears that every business is moving operations to the cloud and pivoting to adopt online productivity and collaboration services as they move forward.

    The notion of network-based computing dates back to the 1960s, but many believe that the first use of cloud computing in its modern context occurred on August 9, 2006, when then Google CEO Eric Schmid introduced the term to an industry conference. Despite having been around for such a long time, the digital migration across industries was slow until the onset of the global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The necessity of adopting remote working amid lockdown measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus came along in 2020 to instill a reality check for organizations of all levels. Many businesses found themselves forced to make rapid changes in how they operate due to the survival challenges they faced, while some industries like hospitality and travel became completely stumped by the pandemic.  

    Businesses in the Energy and Commodities sectors have, for the longest time, been in-office operations that found themselves forced to switch “on a dime” to adopt a remote working environment.

    Traditionally, these businesses are resistant to change. The global health crisis and ensuing lockdowns resulted in this resistance to change made way for fast-tracking several digital and cloud innovations for the front- and back-office operations and to meet changing consumer demands and expectations.

    Adopting cloud computing solutions was generally slower, but the advantages it brings were already clear. Cloud computing is creating new levels of productivity, growth, and sustainability. In a matter of months, the slow process of digitization and cloud adoption that have been forming over the years has turned into a relentless torrent of adopting innovative solutions made possible by cloud computing.

    According to a recent Bloomberg NEF report, cloud computing is expected to increase exponentially from $1.3 billion in 2019 to $12.5 billion by 2030.

    The ongoing worldwide vaccine rollout has increased the hope for the world to return to a relative level of normalcy as we knew it, but the realities of the “new normal” and the uncertainties caused by the pandemic have led to more and more organizations changing their course to move towards cloud computing and digital transformation.

    Why Did The COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerate Cloud Adoption?

    Cloud computing was always on the rise due to the considerable advantages it offered to businesses across all industries. However, the pandemic acted as a catalyst that forced organizations to truly understand the value of cloud computing and the flexibility it brings, leading to more rapid adoption.

    According to Gartner, the global end-user spending on public cloud services is predicted to grow by 18.4% by the end of 2021 to reach $304.9 billion. The research vice president at Gartner, Sid Nag, said “The pandemic validated cloud’s value proposition. The ability to use on-demand, scalable cloud models to achieve cost efficiency and business continuity is providing the impetus for organizations to accelerate their digital business transformation plans rapidly. The increased use of public cloud services has reinforced cloud adoption to be the ‘new normal,’ now more than ever.”

    Traders and risk managers are professionals who have typically worked in the office. These highly data-intensive professions also turned on their heads and saw a sudden shift to cloud adoption.

    Trading rooms are no longer loud arenas where stock brokers shouted sales across the floor. Instead, all the information moved to the screen at the turn of the millennium. Traders still clustered in trade rooms, but the goal became improved interpretation, especially for the more complex trades.

    The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) conducted a survey that found that before the pandemic, only 2% of Financial Risk Managers were working remotely compared to 87% since the pandemic began. Fortunately, very few respondents said that their experiences with access to critical data and systems worsened due to remote work. Most professionals found that risk and incident reporting worked “as good or better” than before the pandemic.

    Crucial Reasons For Accelerated Cloud Adoption

    Here are some of the most critical reasons for the more rapid shift to cloud computing and digital transformation.

    Retaining Business Resilience

    Most conversations revolving around cloud computing in the pre-pandemic era were about adopting a modern infrastructure for rapid innovation and cost optimization. However, the pandemic increased the focus on aspects like high availability, disaster recovery, lower costs for backup and disaster recovery, flexible computing power, legacy skill risk, remote workforce management, resilient core for business process and continuity, and business agility to allow for resilient business functions. Flexera released its 2020 State of the Cloud Report, which mentioned that a significant number of industry leaders expect cloud spend to increase by 47% in 2021.

    Changing Business Operations

    Business operations have also pivoted for the socially distanced era due to the rising demand for e-learning, telemedicine, AI, AR, VR scenarios, digital payments solutions, intelligent chatbots, virtual retail experiences, etc. The e-commerce sector and video-streaming services have boomed as more people shifted to online shopping and seeking entertainment while staying at home due to inaccessibility to in-store purchasing and public entertainment venues.

    Remote Working

    Remote work culture was gradually picking up before the pandemic was ever in the picture. However, the pandemic has enforced the necessity of remote work capability. Cloud computing has been the vital tool that allowed business continuity with remote workforces and seamless online collaboration.

    Companies migrated assets to the cloud 20-25 times faster during the pandemic than before. Various cloud computing and storage paradigms that were already on their way to the mainstream before the pandemic have proven themselves during the stress of the remote work revolution. Synergy Research Group found that enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services grew by 35% to $130 billion in 2020 and hit $29 billion in Q1 for fiscal 2021 alone – up by 37% from Q1 2020.

    Renewed Focus on Environmental Sustainability

    Environmental sustainability has become an imperative aspect for businesses to help them win the confidence of customers, partners, and governments. Organizations are adopting cloud services to harness the benefits of carbon footprint reduction.

    Challenges Of Accelerated Cloud Adoption

    The pandemic necessitated the acceleration to cloud computing for businesses across all industries. However, the rapid acceleration came along with several challenges, including:

    Finding Skilled Talent

    The journey to the cloud and digital migration for existing infrastructure involves significant investments, planning, a change in mindset, and specialized talent. IT departments need to be more agile and operate within proactive models instead of reactive models to derive value from cloud adoption.

    Compliance and Security Concerns

    Privacy and security while ensuring compliance is one of the most relevant challenges posed by accelerated cloud adoption. Service providers need to do away with those fears before organizations can continue cloud adoption. The pandemic exacerbated compliance and security problems due to the accelerated adoption of cloud-based services in response to lockdown measures.

    The Rise of Cloud Computing Solution Providers

    Cloud computing solution providers like ZE have emerged amid the pandemic as the driving force that is empowering accelerated cloud adoption for organizations while tackling the challenges they might face on their journeys.

    ZE Cloud is a completely converged Private Cloud Platform providing simplicity, integration, and manageability. ZE Cloud tackles the challenges of the public cloud and eliminates the staff overheads and runaway costs while delivering performance for intense data needs.

    ZE Cloud is built for better performance because it focuses on integration with the data and platforms that organizations want to use. The solution provider works with businesses to help them integrate ZE Cloud into their workflows while moving at a pace that matches business needs for rapid but smooth cloud adoption.

    Built with stringent security in mind, ZE Cloud meets compliance requirements. The cloud platform is resilient and integrated with disaster protection, guaranteeing resource availability, ensuring that organizations can be confident that their data, governance, and operations policies will be protected.

    ZE’s tools can be tailored to meet the unique requirements for businesses to help them quickly leverage the analytics and data automation necessary for them to succeed.

    ZE Managed Services unlocks greater value for organizations, with dedicated experts providing a wide range of monitoring and technical services to businesses to help them get the maximum value from adopting ZEMA solutions, including product tutorials for customers, and monitoring and troubleshooting for data, applications, curve, and databases, while ensuring scalability and support based on the size of the organization. As a flexible platform, ZE Cloud is not constrained to a specific model or deployment methodology, ZE Cloud scales to meet organizational demands, whether it is a startup with five users or an enterprise firm with 10,000 seats.

    Consider booking a demo with ZEMA for ZE Cloud services to learn more about the converged cloud platform and how it can support your organization’s digital migration and cloud adoption.

    The post How has The COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerated Cloud Adoption appeared first on Blogs by data management Experts & Analysts | ZE.

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    Renewable Energy and The Role of The Mining and Metals Industry Sectors

    Global warming has long been a major concern for the world. Unfortunately, despite the warning bells being rung by scientists and environmentalists for decades, a complete transition to renewable energy from fossil fuel was not regarded as a fiscally viable shift.

    Recent years have seen the impact of global warming materialize in the form of drastic climate change worldwide. From nonseasonal rains to droughts, storms, melting glaciers, rising sea levels, and higher average global temperatures, the impact of global warming has become devastating.

    Fortunately, there has been a greater push towards the renewable energy sector. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was founded in 2009 as an international agency dedicated to renewable energy as global interest in renewable energy steadily increased. The agency’s founding is a significant milestone for world renewable energy deployment.

    IRENA defines the energy transition as a pathway towards the global energy sector from fossil-based to zero-carbon by the second half of this century.

    The idea of zero-emissions electric vehicles that could drive silently seemed like an innovative idea when it was initially introduced. The electric vehicle industry has come a long way since the initial idea. According to the International Energy Agency, there could be as many as 245 million EVs driving on the roads by 2030.

    The Renewable Energy and Mining Conundrum

    EVs undoubtedly present the opportunity for a significant decrease in global carbon emissions. So too does the prospect of expanding renewable energy generation facilities to meet the rising global demand for renewable energy.
    And therein lies a conundrum for the renewable energy sector and the metals and mining industries.

    Mined materials are crucial to procure the minerals necessary for the batteries that power EVs. Mined materials are also necessary to manufacture key components required for renewable energy generation facilities like wind turbines, solar panels, hydroelectric power facilities.

    The global mining industry generates between 1.9 and 5.1 gigatons of carbon dioxide and greenhouse gases each year. Some estimates indicate that the industry accounts for 26% of global carbon emissions and 2-11% of global energy consumption.

    The renewable energy sector is more infrastructure intensive and requires much more metals and minerals. The increased focus on expanding renewable energy operations and the necessity of more mining activity to facilitate the expansion effectively presents a paradox in the fight to reduce global carbon emissions.

    The need for more mining activity effectively means that the metals and mining industry is here to stay. However, there needs to be a drastic change in mining practices through integrating renewable energy to power mining operations for climate-smart mining.

    Renewable Energy and Mining: An Odd but Necessary Couple

    It’s no secret that the metals and mining industry has long held a reputation for being a “dirty” industry. Mining operations consume a lot of energy and account for a significant chunk of global carbon emissions. Additionally, mines can be hazardous for the people working in them. The mining industry does more damage than through its contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions because establishing a mine requires damaging the surrounding environment.

    However, mining will continue to be the key to the growth of the renewable energy industry. All the green technology heavily relies on certain metals and minerals that can only be acquired through mining operations. From minerals like lithium, graphite, cobalt, and nickel for EV batteries to extracting iron, copper, neodymium for renewable energy facilities, and much more, continued mining operations are critical.

    The primary reason to shift to renewable energy is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by fossil fuel generators. The need for an uptick in mining operations to facilitate the shift is ironic, but it is a problem that should and possibly can be addressed.

    Theoretically, the simplest method to address the need for more mined materials would be to reduce the demand for energy. The earth’s mineral resources are limited, much like fossil fuels. According to a 2019 report by Earthworks and the Institute for Sustainable Futures, the anticipated demand for renewable energy will consume all the cobalt, lithium, and nickel on the planet.

    However, reducing energy demand may not be entirely possible due to its essential nature. For the time being, the mining industry is here to stay, and work needs to be done to reduce its impact to continue effectively expanding the renewable energy sector.

    Mining to Produce Clean Energy

    The transition to low-carbon energy systems has been underway for several decades. The renewable energy sector has been accounting for a steadily rising share in global energy production. 2019 saw the renewable power industry’s share of annual power capacity expansion reach over 72% of new installed capacity.

    The Paris Agreement signed by several countries has been a primary driver for this shift. Governments for countries that are a part of the agreement have been introducing regulations and incentives to reach the climate mitigation and decarbonization goals set by the agreement.

    Clean Energy for Sustainable Mining

    Integrating green energy into mining operations to make the vital sector more sustainable can effectively create a synergy between the two seemingly opposite industries.

    Overall energy expenses are estimated to constitute 30% of total cash operating costs for mining companies to make mining more sustainable. Almost a third of the consumed energy in the mining industry is in the form of electricity.

    Renewable energy production used to be prohibitively expensive, and mining companies primarily found the financial aspect a deterrent for integrating renewable energy operations to cover electricity consumption in mining operations. However, renewable energy costs have decreased drastically over the last ten years, allowing more companies to integrate renewable energy into mining operations for the past several years. This transition has been observed more in remote mining locations where the cost of electricity to power the facilities through the grid would be more prohibitive than relying on renewables.

    The rising climate change awareness has started gaining more momentum in the industrial world. Combined with the decreasing costs for renewable energy, the metals and mining industry is expanding the share of renewables powering their operations. Some notable names in the industry include mining companies like Antofagasta in Chile, Gold Fields in South Africa, and the Anglo-Australian multinational Rio Tinto.

    Most of these companies achieve this through Power Purchasing Agreements or joint ventures with energy providers by acquiring renewable energy certificates.

    Making Metals and Mining Industries More Efficient, Effective, and Sustainable for a Green Future

    The metals and mining industries are some of the largest and most complex commodity markets. The data requirement of mining companies is immense and plays a critical role for the industry. Unfortunately, the complex and data-rich environment presents challenges for the industry in terms of effective data management and planning.

    Making an industry-wide shift to push for expanding renewable energy integration into mining operations will effectively result in the addition of even more data sources beyond the current data sources that the industry already has to contend with.

    Improving mining operations requires better data management practices. Similarly, shifting to climate-smart mining operations would require tracking and analyzing an overwhelmingly larger amount of data to integrate environmentally sustainable mining praxis.

    Integrating renewable energy to significantly reduce the environmental impact of mining operations can pave the way for the world to successfully increase the global power market share of renewables in the coming decades.

    Accurate data, better data analytical solutions, and improved data management solutions will play a critical role in deploying the necessary changes to mining operations for more sustainable industry practices and responsible mining to fully realize the supply and demand for mined materials that facilitate the expanding renewable energy sector.

    ZEMA is a platform that provides an award-winning solution for data-driven organizations. ZEMA allows companies to foresee and understand business-centric data effectively. The platform has innovated revolutionary capabilities for data collection, data analysis, process automation, and more effective integration of downstream systems.

    Implementing tailor-made solutions for data-intensive businesses by ZEMA offers the industry a chance to reduce overall risks, enhance corporate efficiency, and increase the overall bottom line.

    Naturally, there will be a greater influx of data for the mining industry to play a role in the energy transition for a greener future. ZEMA automates the flow of data, including data collection, analysis, and integration. The platform consolidates and centralizes market data reports from over 1,000 data providers and data sources. Even if a data report does not exist within the platform’s data ecosystem, it acquires it.

    The end-to-end data management solution provided by ZEMA can play a key role in the changing landscape for the synergy being established between the renewable energy industry and the metals and mining industry.

    Consider booking a demo with ZEMA to learn more about the platform that has decreased the risk of data-driven decision-making through automated data collection, secure centralization, dynamic analytics, automation of workflows and processes, and integration with third-party applications.

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