Energy Trading and Risk Management (ETRM) systems have evolved tremendously over the past decade. They offer numerous benefits over more informal solutions such as Excel spreadsheets. Many have the capability to maintain physical and financial data in one solution across all functional areas allowing visibility and insights into the organization. They empower people at all levels and allow operational efficiencies while simultaneously providing increased controls and reducing risk. Realizing the maximum benefits from an ETRM system requires choosing the right one.