I had the opportunity to attend one of the major events in the ICT Industry of Bahrain. A great line of speakers presented quite a wide range of topics. As the last session goes along and I type this post; it amazes me how technology keeps transforming our everyday lives.

Without a reality check on the critical infrastructure of nations and the issues associated with each change; I would say the Gulf Countries are trying to stay ahead of the curve if not on the cutting edge of innovation.

Its great to see the Telco’s (Batelco & VIVA) coming out and playing their roles in supprot of the industry along with do develop #FinTech solution in partnership with the local players.

Quite a lot of presentations from Huawei shows their interest in the region and the country Bahrain in particular.

While a big round of applause for H.E. Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohamed the Transport and Telecommunication Minister on making such an effort for the industry.

The Accelerator C5 pulled out a great panel discussion on the first day with a couple of successful implementations of the services provided by Amazon; IPIFI , Mannai Tech , Gulf CX and Tamkeen was around to support the industry as always.

Hope to see more changes to the smart Grid in Bahrain as mentioned by Mr. Hani Al Najjar along with the swift roll-out of 5G leading to true smart cities.

Great overall event,
#MeetICTBahrain #Bitex #Bahrain #Security #CyberSecurity


Microsoft and Temenos

Microsoft has penetrated in banking sector and joined hands with the largest core banking software called Temenos, and tested its availability on SQL Server 2008 R2 so now you can run core banking software on SQL Server. Microsoft has tested theT24 environment with windows server with SQL Server 2008 R2 and done successfully this testing using 25 million accounts with 15 million customers over 2000 branches.
Microsoft team test results:
Task                     Average     SQL-T24
Funds transfers     500,000     697,920
Security trades     240,000     323,534


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Keeping our fingers crossed would be shortly announcing a Windows 7 Launch House Party soon in Manama, Bahrain.

Registrations would be opening shortly.

Get Ready for the next best OS from Microsoft.


Windows 7 Launch Party

Thursday, October 22 — Thursday, October 29, 2009

Collation precedence conflict in SQL Server 2000

The collation precedence rules apply only to the character string data types, char, varchar, text, nchar, nvarchar, and ntext. Objects with other data types do not participate in collation evaluations.
link to article on msdn
A simple example is as follows

create table #TempRO
Id  int Identity (1,1),
App_No     NVarchar (100)
— insert some values in this table
Select *
from #TempRO T
Inner join App AO
On T.App_No = AO.App_No

We are having the App table using a different collation then the default that is “Arabic_CI_AS”

So the above select will give the following collation error, to remove it we just add the following statement while defining the temp table

create table #TempRO
Id  int Identity (1,1),
App_No     NVarchar (100)    collate Arabic_CI_AS

This not only happens in temp tables but also in the normal tables or at times if we are comparing columns so its better to use sp_help TableName or the syscolumns to find the collation of the two.

Happy Collating 😉

A glance at the core BizTalk system components used by the Microsoft ESB Guidance.

Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus (EBS)

Microsoft Enterprise Service Bus (EBS)


Quick Links:

                    MSDN site: http://msdn.microsoft.com/esb

                    Community Extensions: http://codeplex.com/esb