Samba Financial Group, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Samba Financial Group – KSA decided to migrate its business application and data from an IBM legacy AS/400 platform to a modern Oracle-based, platform. The migration process was particularly challenging due to the heterogeneous nature of the data types and the Arabic text embedded in it along with the large amount of the sensitive data to be converted.

Farabi Professional Services has successfully designed and delivered a flexible data migration utility from legacy IBM AS/400 platform to modern Windows platform (IBM Arabic XBasic Code Page 420 to Windows Arabic Code Page 1256). A special handling for the bidirectional nature of mixed Arabic and English text was implemented during the conversion, and multiple formats of the destination files were supported.

The utility allowed the creation of unlimited number of conversion routines that can be executed repeatedly until a satisfying full conversion is obtained and the cutover to the new system occurred.