Dr. Jalal Kiswani.

Assistant Professor, IT Advisor, Entrepreneur


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

In the software development industry, delivery is what really matters

If you have all the available academic degrees, professional certificates, and/or many years of experience, good for you. But what really matters, that how you can utilize all these qualifications to deliver high-quality software systems that provides the values promised to internal or external customers.

Feb 8, 2021

A Software/System Architect should always have hands-on experience

I have been building end-to-end software applications for almost two decades now (almost daily), and I doubt that any software/system architect could be able to make a good architectural decision without having a continuous hands-on experience on the various technologies and trends. Without having such experience, an architect wouldn’t be able to understand the pains and gains that could face the technical team, which may lead to projects/products failures, caused by the gap between the theoretical architecture and the practical implementation.

Jan 28, 2021

Don’t follow trends, implement only what is needed

In the software development industry, adopting new technologies and trends without having a clear justification to solve current problems or reducing cost (time and resources), will most likely increase the overall overhead of software development projects and will definitely create a new level of challenges.

Jan 20, 2021

Hire open-minded people who are passionate to learn; attitude, knowledge, and skills could be part of the learning curve

Trust me, most of the many successful people you have met in your life, had negative attitude and bad habits at some points in their lives, but because they are open-mind enough, they have been able to improve their personality and attitude and become what they are today. During my professional life, I have gotten the chance to work-with, interview, and hire hundreds of engineers in the software development industry. In the beginning, we were looking for people with good skillset. Then we started to look for positive energy and good attitude. But now, after almost 20 years, I would look for two main things: (1) being open-minded, and (2) passion of learning. Open-minded enough to improve in all aspects, such as starting to carry a notebook and pen to write all the notes, to focus on quality, deliver all your personal and professional tasks on time with minimum following up, and receive any criticism from your colleagues, customers, and stakeholders as hints to improve your tasks, and maybe improving some aspects of your personality. Being open-minded is a great gift, if you don’t have, start working on it

Jan 12, 2021


The secret is always in SIMPLICITY.

Dec 30, 2020

In the Agile world, Its all about "Enough", not "Complete"

In the current trends of digital transformation and agility, it is all about what is "Enough" to proceed to the next step/action/phase, not what is "Complete". This includes: 1- Enough Features 2- Enough Design and Architecture 3- Enough Documentation 4- Enough Testing 4- Enough Security 5- and Enough Infrastructure However, the main challenge here, is defining "Enough", which could be part of the process itself.

Dec 15, 2020

Agile is not just a ward

Saying that your organization is Agile is not enough to be Agile, it has to apply Agile principals and practices in the right contexts to be so.

Nov 21, 2020

“Work Smarter not Harder” is half of the advice

What if the distance in the picture is only 10 meters and this is a one lifetime task, would you invest in shaping the box to be faster!! In fact, trying to work smarter in this case makes it harder. The full advice should be: “Be smart on when to work smarter not harder”.

Nov 1, 2020

Your feeling about the organization is most likely coming from your direct manager

When you like or hate the organization your work for, think twice, because most likely you like or hate your direct manger, not the organization it self.

Sep 28, 2020

As a manager, how do you handle the employee who always objects?

Last week, I asked one of the best managers I have ever knew: How do you deal with the employees who objects most of the time on the work process? His answer was: First, you need to know why he/she objects, is it because of his/her leadership skills and good ideas to implement, or to cover his/her weaknesses. If it is because of the first reason, then most likely, putting this person in the right place, could make a good difference for the person and the organization. But if it is because of the other reason, then I think you all know the answer.

Sep 9, 2020

Agility is about value

Agility doesn't mean rushing things out, it means deliver values faster.

Aug 29, 2020

Working with Smart People

Working with smart-people is one of the priceless gifts in life, if you have it, enjoy it.

June 10, 2020

Software Architecture Complexity

In Software Architecture, complexity doesn’t vanish, it could be only transformed from shape to another.

June 6, 2020

Right Technology and Process!!!

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 in Context

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, Microservices vs Monolithic!

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

The traditional process of planning software delivery is:
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

Open-Source vs Closed-Source Security

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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