Dr. Jalal Kiswani.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Digital Transformation Advisor (Agile, DevOps)
Software Architect
Java Technology Advisor


Professional Certificates

  • Oracle Certified Expert, Java Server Faces.
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer.
  • Sun Certified Java Developer.
  • Sun Certified Java Web Component Developer.
  • Sun Certified Java Business Components Developer.
  • Sun Certified Java Associate.


Entrepreneurship and Startups


Research Papers

  • [2020] Jalal Kiswani, Sergiu Dascalu, and Frederick Harris, Jr. “Cloud Applications Adoption: User Study From Industry and Academia”. Proceedings of the ISCA 29th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2020), October 19-20, Las Vegas, NV.
  • [2019] Nikkolas J. Irwin, Anthony Bennett, Kevin Carlos, Jalal Kiswani, Cynthia R. Harris, Sergiu M. Dascalu, Frederick C Harris, Jr. "ARIA 3.0: A Modern Approach to Web-based Music Festival Registration Systems" (1,107 K). Proceedings of the ISCA 28th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2019). EPIC Series in Computing, Vol 64, Pg 215-224. September 30-October 2, San Diego, CA.
  • [2018] Jalal Kiswani, Sergiu M. Dascalu, and Frederick C. Harris, Jr. “Cloud-RA: A Reference Architecture for Cloud Based Information Systems”. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Technologies (ICSOFT 2018) July 26-28, 2018, Porto, Portugal
  • [2018] Jalal Kiswani, Muhanna Muhanna, and Abdallah Qusef, “Smart-EIS: An End to End Enterprise Information Systems Framework”, Journal of Computer Science, Volume 14, Issue 12, Pages 1638-1659.
  • [2018] Jalal Kiswani, Sergiu M. Dascalu, Muhanna Muhanna, and Frederick C. Harris, Jr. “Clowiz: A Model-driven Development Platform for Cloud-based Information Systems”. In the 6th International Conference on Multimedia Computing and Systems (ICMCS 2018) (pp. 1-6). IEEE.
  • [2018] Alex Hansen, Kurt Andersen, Brittany Sievert Jalal Kiswani, Sergiu M. Dascalu, Frederick C. Harris, Jr. “Let's VR: A Multiplayer Framework for Virtual Reality” Proceedings of the ISCA 27th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2018) October 8-10, New Orleans, LA.
  • [2017] Jalal Kiswani, Muhanna Muhanna, Sergiu Dascalu and Frederick C. Harris, Jr. “Software Infrastructure to Reduce the Cost and Time of Building Enterprise Software Applications: Practices and Case Studies”. Proceedings of the ISCA 26th International Conference on Software Engineering and Data Engineering (SEDE 2017) October 2-4, San Diego, CA
  • [2017] Jalal Kiswani, Muhanna Muhanna, and Abdullah Qusef. “Using metadata in optimizing the design and development of enterprise information systems.” In the Information and Communication Systems (ICICS 2017) 8th International Conference on. IEEE, 2017.
  • [2016 ] Qusef, Abdallah, and Jalal Kiswani. “Project Manager Roles in Software Information Systems: Case Studies from Jordan.” Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as Driving Forces of the Global Economy. Springer, Cham, 2017. 223-227.


Personal Opinions

Working with smart-people is one of the priceless gifts in life, if you have it, enjoy it.
June 10, 2020
In Software Architecture, complexity doesn’t vanish, it could be only transformed from shape to another.
June 6, 2020
If you struggle with the technology, and you try to make it work, DON’T, it is the wrong technology for your team. And if you struggle with the process, and you try to make it work, DON’T, it is the wrong process for your culture.
May 3, 2020
Agile is not the Agile you think? When management or business people say Agile, they mean to be responsive faster to market as a part of their digital transformation move. On the other hand, When IT people say Agile, they mean implementing an Agile process in their software development, such as: XP, Scrum, or SAFe. So be sure to understand the context first before discussing Agility!
June 16, 2020
Again guys, the most important (and maybe the only) measure that can tell whether a software architecture is a monolithic or micro-services based, is how it is deployed, not structured, period.
If you structured your application into a modular approach (as components or web-services), congratulations, that might make it cleaner, but if you still deploy once, it is a monolithic.
June 4, 2020
Is your organization really Agile enough?
In this era of technology disruption, if an enterprise wants to stay in the market, it should know and respond to customer-needs quickly (Digital Transformation ) , and to do that, it should deliver values faster (Agile Culture) , and to deliver faster, it needs a new approach (Agile Process) and ownership (DevOps). Faster delivery and ownership requires teams parallelization and resources isolation (Microservices). Taking one part of all of the above is like buying car-wheels only (One Component), and not a full car (the Whole System) and expecting that you could reach your destination faster.
May 23,2020
One of the funniest things in the software development industry is the Delivery Time, where:
1- Customers request vendors to deliver in 1-3 months claiming that business/operations will struggle if they didn't operate in this period.
2- Vendor commit to deliver in this period assuming that they will lose the contract if they didn't do that.
3- Management will push project managers to avoid penalties, project managers will push technical leads, technical leads will push the technical team to deliver.
At the end of the day, the project is delivered in 6-18 months, everybody is happy , and a new project is started.
Note: the funny thing that: customers, vendors, management, project managers, and technical leads are most likely aware of the actual delivery time from the beginning, but they like to have some action :)
April 20, 2020
Is open-source technologies and systems are less secure than closed-source? One of the worldwide trends in technology nowadays is to use open-source software technologies and systems (OSS). This trend is adopted because of many reasons, including: (i) cost reduction, (ii) maturity, (iii) and learning resources. However, the main criticism of OSS is security, but is it really justified? A research paper published by IBM in 2005 [1], shows that open source projects are not less secured than closed source projects, in fact, sometimes it can be better. For instance, the most secured operating systems on earth are Unix-based systems, which either open source (such as RedHat, Sun-Solaris, and Ubuntu) or use open-source kernels (such as IBM AIX and HP-UX). Another example is the hypervisor software used by Amazon for their cloud services virtualization, where they used to use Xen, and now moved to KVM, which both are open source (full story can be found at [2]). So, is it really less secure!!!
June 31, 2018

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