Last week we were in Chicago for the Futures Industry Association’s (FIA) annual Futures and Options Expo which took place at the Hilton Chicago. As always the event was well run and well attended. The three day conference and expo was preceded by our own Lunch and Learn at McCormick and Schmicks, which focused on data management and the integrated approach to risk management and analysis. We were very pleased with the broad attendance from our clients, partners, and prospects, not only at our event but the whole of FIA. Along with ZE’s senior management, attending our lunch and learn were representatives from CME Group, Interactive Data, MDA Weather Services, Allegro Development, Argus Media, and Platts, who gave a series of presentations on the risks in energy and commodities markets and how an integrated and automated approach greatly improves data management.

Aaron Walters from the CME Group gave a rousing presentation on the CME use case for ZEMA which was very well received by attendees. The CME is also the traditional host of the FIA reception at Union Station. As with every year, we were excited to attend this grand gala event, and appreciated CME as excellent party hosts.

Chicago is a great venue to bring people from across North America together for active interchange of ideas and exploration of potential business opportunities.

What’s most interesting about the FIA is perhaps how different people and companies converge in trading and the many different and distinct types of trading that exist; whether that be based on the type of commodity, instrument, term or corporate perspective. It’s so amazing the breadth of the people that participate in our industry and their unique roles and objectives; enablement through hardware or software, understanding market fundamentals and technicals, or finding the best methods to serve their clients. It’s heartening to see that our product, ZEMA, sits well with so many people and companies, enabling the trade and risk process which is central to our industry.

We look forward to attending again next year and once again connecting and sharing with our industry friends.