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Book Chapter
Towards a conceptual framework for early warning information systems (EWIS) for crisis preparedness, Saad, Mohamed, Mazen Sherif, Ezzat Ehab, and Hegazy Zaher , Advances in Information Systems and Technologies, p.523–534, (2013) Abstract

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Using a Multi-Criteria Approach in Early Warning Information Systems (MCEWIS), Saadeldin, Mohamed, Mazen Sherif, Ezzat Ehab, and Hegazy Zaher , New Perspectives in Information Systems and Technologies, Volume 1, p.399–410, (2014) Abstract

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Conference Paper
A Conceptual Model for Effective Early Warning Information Systems (EEWIS), Saadeldin, Mohamed, Mazen Sherif A., Hassanen Ehab E., and Hegazy Zaher , Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, (2013) Abstract

This paper addresses the need for effective early warning information systems (EEWIS) that are capable of predicting future crises and that can help prevent them or reduce their negative effects. The main problem facing any EWIS is the lack of effectiveness. The most effective early warning information systems are characterized by accuracy, flexibility and the ability to detect risks. Effective early warning information systems can empower communities to prepare for and confront risks and disasters. An effective EWIS should be based on a reliable and consistent model, yet the models currently available are mostly deterministic, simplified or inconsistent in application and assumption; thus making them unreliable and impractical. The goals of this paper are to provide guidelines for professionals involved in implementing effective early warning information systems, and to present a novel model for EEWIS that can be adapted to the dynamic needs of the field of crisis management and prep aredness.

Cost Estimation Governance Approach to Enhance Information Systems (IS) Projects Success, Hassanein, Ehab E., Hamada Mohamed A., and Mazen S. , CCSIT, (2013)
An Enhanced framework for Measuring ERP Implementation Success In the Egyptian Environment, EsmatM.Abdelmoniem, Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Computing and Information Systems , ICICIS 2011, Cairo,Egypt, (2011)
Information technology governance in Egypt Research institutions - a case study, Mazen, S. A., Hassanein E., Fahmy A. A., and Hassanein M. K. , Engineering and Technology (ICET), Volume 1 - 7, (2014) Abstract

In all business fields worldwide, the concept of governance is receiving a constantly increasing attention by decision makers as a key means for business success. And, as the vital role of higher education and research institutions is playing in developed and developing countries has become well understood, governance of such institutions emerged as a necessity for country progression. With such an understanding, this paper aims to shed the light on a key area of governance; that is information technology governance (ITG). The paper is divided into two main parts: the first provides a brief background on the topic and positions ITG within the wider scope of governance; and the second part examines the state of ITG in one of Egypt Research institutions using the leading ITG framework - COBIT 5. With minor exception of those processes that are governed by regular laws, results showed a very low capability of IT processes on the average.

Integrated Tool for Information Systems Auditing, Mazen, Dr. Sherif A., Riad Dr. Mokhtar B., and El-Henawy Dr. Sherif S. , Faculty of Computers and Information , Cairo University, (2009)
Management & Governance of Successful ERP Implementation in Egyptian Environment, EsmatM.Abdelmoniem, Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , The Fifth International Conference on Intelligent Computing and information Systems, (2011) Abstract

"Many organizations that implemented ERP systems have reported not satisfied impacts from these huge investments. According to extensive academic debates, the reasons of ERP systems implementation failures are the disconnection between them and organizational performance.
The ERP selection process is an important step in the future financial and operational success of any manufacturing or distribution organization, empirical research has shown that selecting an inappropriate system is a major reason for ERP implementation failures, in Egypt the success rate of implementing ERP systems is extremely lower than that in western companies. Thus, ERP implementation success in Egypt is treated according to some dependent variables []. Although many companies in developing countries may have implemented ERP systems to capture its benefits, there is a lack of examining their actual influence on ERP systems. In this paper, the researchers present framework for ERP selection and adopted a critical factors to provide the organization with the necessary information to make a well-informed, quantitative software selection, toward achieving a successful ERP implementation.
This research starts by focusing on assessing the ERP System implementation benefits, outcomes and The cost of ERP projects failure followed by the most cardinal sins of ERP implementation then we presented the framework of ERP selection criteria after that, the critical factors toward achieving a successful ERP implementation were defined, finally the role governance and influences on success of ERP system implementation in Egypt were presented."

Mathematical Optimization Model For The Illiteracy Problem, Mazen, Sherif, Tharwat Assem, El-Dean Mohammed Nour, and Amin Shaimaa Talaat , The 6th International Conference on Informatics and Systems, Faculty of Computers & Information, Cairo University, (2008) Abstract
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Pre-development Activities Governance as New Approach to Enhance Information Systems (IS) Projects Success, Hamada, Mohamed A., Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , International Conference for Computing and Informatics ICCI , Helwan University, (2012)
A Proposed Quality Assurance Model for Information Systems Projects Management, Riad, Mokhtar B., Mazen Sherif A., and Omran Nagy R. D. , 3 rd International Conference on Informatics and Systems (INFOS), (2005)
The Role of the Pre-development Activities in Information Systems Projects’ Failure, Hamada, Mohamed A., Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , The 46th Annual Conference on Statistics, Computer Science, and Operations Research issr, (2011) Abstract

Information systems (IS) development projects have high failure rates, lots of researches discussed IS projects failures and listed a huge number of failure reasons, despite that IS projects still have considerably high failure rates. This research looks for the sources of the failures as a new approach to decrease the failure probability of IS projects. Through investigating the failure reasons of IS projects, it has been detected that, most of failure reasons are attributed to the pre-development activities, which begin with the System Service Request (SSR) to initiate the projects and end with developing the project plan to represent a road map to explain how the project will progress through all its phases. Pre-development activities are focal points which have ability to improve IS projects success. So, an avoidance strategy includes many critical success factors for each pre-development activity is introduced as a swift solution for the research problem.

Towards a Specific Approach for Information Systems (IS) Projects Governance, Hamada, Mohamed A., Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , (2011) Abstract

IS projects comprise many challenges and difficulties at all development phases, with high risks of such projects end in failure. Failure rates for major IS projects appear to linger around 70%. IS project governance is a new born theory and a nascent field of research. Previous researches in the topic of IS project governance concentrated on high level project governance (general perspective through view the project as one block), they didn’t apply the projects governance in particular perspective according to the project development’ phases and activities. Due to the continuity of high percentages of IS projects failure, specific governance approach for IS projects is a serious attempt to enhance their success through addressing the projects’ failures and defects. Wherever the specific governance approach concentrates on all project’ phases and activates in details, project feasibility study governance is introduced in this research as a sample for applying the specific governance approach for IS projects.

Conference Proceedings
Towards a Conceptual Framework for Early Warning Information Systems (EWIS) for Crisis Preparedness, Saad, Mohamed, Mazen Sherif, Ezzat Ehab, and Hegazy Zaher , Berlin, Heidelberg, p.523-534, (2013) Abstract

This paper highlights the need of many organizations nowadays for early warning information systems (EWIS) that can predict the future and help prevent crises or reduce their negative effects. These EWIS should be based on a reliable and consistent framework. The frameworks currently available are mostly deterministic, simplified or inconsistent in application and assumption; thus making them unreliable and impractical. The goal of this paper is twofold. Firstly, it provides guidelines for system analysts, designers, engineers and experts seeking to deal with crisis or disaster information systems. Secondly, it aims to present a novel framework for EWIS that can be adapted to the dynamic needs of the field of crisis management, and that can also be used efficiently in crisis preparedness. Finally, the paper will describe a case study in the law enforcement sector as a proof-of-concept for the conceptual framework; to demonstrate both the theoretical and practical approaches.

Journal Article
Assessment of Cloud Computing Adoption Models in E-government Environment, Ali, Kh. E., Mazen Sh. A., and Hassanein EE , (2017) Abstract

Most of developing countries are now experiencing revolution in e-government to deliver
fluent and simple services for their citizens. However, government sectors face many challenges in
modernization its e-governments’ services and its infrastructure. These challenges may lead to failure
of improving current services or developing new one. Therefore, there is a need for a solution to
overcome it. Cloud Computing plays a vital role to solve these problems. So, some of governments are
now tending to adopt cloud computing in their agencies for utilizing their benefits and overcome on e-
government challenges.
This paper demonstrates cloud computing, its characteristics, basic delivery models and deployment
models. It analyzes and reviews the literature proposed models of cloud computing adoption in e-
government environment. Finally, it compares between these models and classifies it to different
classifications from functionally perspective.

Building a comprehensive Information Systems Auditing & Control Software, Henawy, Sherif El, and Mazen Sherif A. , Egyptian Computer Science Journal, Volume 29, Issue 3, (2007)
comparative study between software project management approaches and change management in the project Monitoring & Controlling, Mazen, Sherief, Hassanein Ehab E., and Gaber Amira , ijacsa, Volume 7, Issue 2, (2016)
Computerized Passengers Information System For Cairo International Airport Complex , Mazen, Sherif A., RYAD Mokhtar, and Kamal Amr , International Conference in Computer Sciences, Statistics, and Operation Research– ISSR, (1997)
Conceptual Design for a Strategic Human Resources Quality Management System, Mazen, Sherif A., and EL-KAYALY Dina , 2nd Arab Conference in Management, ARADO, (2001)
The Critical Success Factors and the effect of ERP system implementation on Business Performance (Case study in Egyptian environment), EsmatM.Abdelmoniem, Sherif Mazen A., and Ehab Hassanein E. , IJCSI International Journal of Computer Science Issues, Volume 13, Issue 3, (2016)
Cross-View of Testing Techniques Toward Improving Web-Based Application Testing, Kandil, Mostafa, Hassanein Ehab, and Mazen Sherif , arXiv preprint arXiv:1205.6677, (2012) Abstract

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An Electronic Commerce Security Policy Model, Mazen, Sherif A., Abdel-Dayem Mohamed, and El-Sabagh Shaker , Egyptian Informatics Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, (2007)
Exploring Information Technology Governance (ITG) Practice in Research Institutions: An Empirical Study, El-Morshedy, Rasha M., Mazen Sherif A., Hassanein Ehab, Fahmy Aly Aly, and Hassanein Mosaad K. , International Journal of Computer and Information Technolog, Volume 3, Number 3, (2014) Abstract

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A Framework for Auditing Software Coding and Database Integrity, Mazen, Sherif A., and Henawy Sherif El , Egyptian Computer Science Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, (2008)
A Framework for governance of Post-Construction activities In IS development Projects, Abdelmoniem, Esmat M., Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , (2012) Abstract

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Framework for Integrating Software Project Tasks and Change Requests., Gaber, Amira M., Mazen Sherief, and Hassanein. Ehab E. , International Journal of Computer Applications , Volume 125, Issue 12, (2015) Abstract

"Most of the software projects may deviate from their original plans during the Software Life Cycle in the organization. This deviation typically results from the changes that happed and
the project manager depends on his experience to estimate the effects of the change. This may affect the duration and budget of the project. It is important that the software project should not deviate or crash according to the estimated deadline. Thus any change should be estimated and discussed before implementation. In this paper will introduce a framework that integrates the Software Project Management (SPM) with Software Change Management (SCM) to achieve the following objectives: Firstly, optimizing the Change Management Process in a project and track the whole Change Requests. Secondly, monitoring if the software project finished early by revising the project plan w.r.t the actual schedule to shrink the project deadline. And execute the consequences processes according to finish early Thirdly, the actual results with performance will be tracked against the project plan and any variances should be analyzed. In addition, facilitating distribution of tasks (Change Requests) and availability of information. Finally, providing more control over a project when the technical issues can be raised and turned to managerialissues to take corrective actions if: the project takes more time, the project takes more cost or both of them"

GIS and Strength Pareto Evolutionary Algorithm to Select Potential Sites for Literacy Classrooms, Aamer, Shaimaa Talaat Amin, Mazen Sherif, and Ezat Ehab , Journal of Cases on Information Technology (JCIT), (2016)
Governance of Post-Construction Activities in, EsmatM.Abdelmoniem, Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , IJCSI International Journal of Computer Science Issues, Volume 9, Issue 5, (2012)
Governance of Post-Construction Activities in IS Development Projects, Abdelmoniem, Esmat M., Mazen Sherif A., and Hassanein Ehab E. , International Journal of Computer Science Issues(IJCSI), Volume 9, Number 5, (2012) Abstract

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Implementation of Customer Service Tracking Using the Active Document Model, Mazen, Sherif A., Fangary Laila M., Bahaa Mohammed, and Farid M. , (2000) Abstract

Any kind of business uses documents, especially those used in paper work activities. The paper work contents hold huge amount of data. This type of data is exchanged between different business partners in form of purchase orders, invoices, offers, contracts …etc. In most cases, the processing control of this data source is poor if not missed because of the unstructured nature of these documents. XML came and brought a new dimension document structure. As the well formed XML documents rely on a predefined schema called XSD, documents may be processed easier and more efficient. The main creators of such daily paper work are the normal users but it is not practical to force them to learn XML concepts to create their documents in XML format.

Specifically, in those fields that include serving customers, service sheets include the details of services are stored in hard or soft copy. Service sheet documents content are gathered from many data sources. The user must ensure that every single piece of data is up to date, at the time of creating the document, as it is stored in its related data source. For example, if the address of the client is changed in the CRM database today, all the next service sheets that will be created should contain the new address. Moreover, the data is valuable but far from straightforward in processing because the unstructured nature of the documents.

In this paper, we present Active Document model and how it can be used to solve the problem of the unstructured nature of the normal paperwork documents. Also, the paper presents a solution that applies the Active Document model. The solution is built for the customer service tracking using the active document model to create the service sheet documents easily, interactively, and in structured XML format. It enables the normal users to create their service sheet documents using the commonly used user interface of their document editors which are referred to by intelligent applications as usual and in the same way they are used to follow but in the needed XML format. It is mainly based on attaching a predefined XSD to the document to define its structure.

Internet Security and E-Commerce, Mazen, Sherif A., and SELIM Salwa , Egyptian Informatics Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1, (2001)
Loose coupling between cloud computing applications and databases using a broker service, Nassar, Ebtehal, Ezzat Ehab, and Mazen Sherif , Volume 2, Issue 3, p.88-94,, (2015) Abstract

One of the main characteristics of database driven applications is the strong tight coupling between application and database. Thus, any required change in the database schema leads to change in database access layer. Problems elicit during design phase (specifically in database schema defining and representation), development phase, and maintenance. If the database is shared between different applications, applying changes will be more difficult. The available solutions proposed adding a middle layer that receives query and returns results in a unified form. This research focuses on the limitations of tightly coupled architecture. In addition, it hits the challenge of loose coupling between cloud computing applications and databases by encapsulating the database access code and queries in a separate layer (a broker service) to separate database access code form the application to achieve loose coupling between application and database

Loose Coupling between Cloud Computing Applications and Databases: A Challenge to be Hit, Nassar, Ebtehal, Ezzat Ehab, and Mazen Sherif , International journal of computers systems, Volume 2, p.88-94, (2015) Abstract
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Loose Coupling between Cloud Computing Applications and Databases: A Challenge to be Hit, Nassar, Ebtehal, Ezzat Ehab, and Mazen Sherif , International Journal of Computer Systems, Volume 2, Issue 3, (2015)
Performance Indicators of Information System Development Life Cycle, lapeep, Evon Kamil, sharkwi M.El, and S.Mazen , (2008) Abstract

Building an information system is a complex process, influenced by many factors, both internal and external. and it pass through different phases starting by planning phase until implementation and operational phase . Each phase should be considered by several elements such as: criteria, constraints, and other changes related to these elements.
And The outputs of the information system should deliver expected results that achieve the requirement and also meet the budget, schedule and also scope.

The performance management process provides an opportunity for the employee and
Performance manager to discuss development goals and jointly create a plan for achieving the goals.
And of course we cannot mange without measure
So we need a performance measurement tools that can ensure the Success of information system. And performance indicators are consider one of theses tools
The Performance indicators save the information systems project from failure that can occurs during the life cycle.
The absent of the Performance indicators may be accuse in wasting the time and effort .and lately we discover that the information system not achieve the organization strategy .and not meet the functional and non functional requirements or the system not meets the scope, budget ,schedule and
That of course make a project fails .so we need Performance indicators in each phase of IS life cycle to measure what we achieved and what not in each phase.
The objective of this research is to study in details what the Performance indicators is and what is its advantage and its tools.
And then find a suitable Performance indicators for the information system project life cycle and also find the Performance indicators that measure if the IS achieve the organization strategy or not.

A Proposed Conceptual Design for Fundamental Ratio Analysis in the Manufacturing Sector , Mazen, Sherif A., and EL-KAYALY Dina , INFOS 2002 - International Conference on Informatics and Systems, (2002)
A Proposed Framework for Managing Technical People in Software Projects, Othman, Mohammed A., Mazen Sherif A., and Ezzat Ehab , IOSR Journal of Computer Engineering, Volume 16, Issue 4, p.PP 56-61, (2014)
A PROPOSED FRAMEWORK FOR THE ORGANIZATION READINESS ASSESSMENT OF IT INNOVATION ADOPTION IN E-GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENT, Ali, Kh. E., Mazen Sh. A., and Hassanein EE , (2017) Abstract

Most of developing countries are now experiencing revolution in e-government to deliver
fluent and simple services for their citizens. But, the organization will face three main problems if it
decided to modernize its IT infrastructure; firstly, there are many solutions of new technologies, how to
choose between them. Secondly, what is the impact of the factors affect on those solutions? Thirdly,
what is the degree of readiness each of these factors to comply this new changing? Therefore, a
systematic approach to measure organization readiness for adopting this new solution is needed, this
paper proposes a practical framework helps in answering these questions and assists decision makers
in estimating organization readiness for adopting all IT suggested solutions and to compare between
these solutions. Whereas, it will use Multi-Criteria Decision Making method to rank the alternatives,
taking into account all the attributes and factors affect the result, finally, it assess the degree of
readiness of these factors to accept the preferred solution.

A Proposed Model for Evaluating Performance Indicators of Information Systems Project Management, D., Nagy R., Mazen Sherif A., and Riad Mokhtar B. , Egyptian Informatics Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, p.77-97, (2005) Abstractevaluating_performance_indicators_of_ispm-2005.pdfWebsite

This paper is concerned with the evaluation of perfOrmance indicators of
Information Systems Project Management (IS-PM). It clarifies the relationships
between IS-I’M domains, performance metrics. quality metrics, and performance
indicators. This paper presents an elaborated list of quality metrics for IS-PM. Based
on. these IS-PM quality metrics and a combination of statistical techniques, we built a
model for calculating IS-PM performance indicators. The quality reviewers can use
this model to evaluate and track the performance of IS projects managers.
Keywords : Information Systems Project Management Performance Indicators
Performance Calculation - Model - Performance Metrics - Quality Metrics

A Proposed Model for Evaluating Performance Indicators of Information Systems Project Management, Riad, Mokhtar B., Mazen Sherif A., and Omran Nagy R. D. , Egyptian Informatics Journal, Faculty of Computers and Information, Volume 6, Issue 2, (2005)
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