Helicopters at dawn …

Temenos execs were surprised when a group of attractive young women started approaching delegates outside its annual user conference in Abu Dhabi this week.

The delegates – existing and potential bank customers – were being tempted by the offer of cocktails in the adjacent hotel, and the prospect of helicopter rides.

Who was behind these offers? A couple of the Temenos crew selflessly volunteered to sample the delights on offer, and unmask whoever was picking up the tab.

Step forward rival vendor Misys, whose chief exec can expect a frosty letter from his opposite number at Temenos …