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An Exploratory Study of Arabic Language Support in Software Project Management Tools


Arwa Al-Amoudi, Hailah Almazrua, Hebah Al-Moaiqel, Noura Alomar and Sarah Al-Koblan

Due to the increasing demand for software in managing software development projects, the need of Arabic project management tools to be used by Arabic native speakers is emerging. Moreover, since there is hundreds of effective English project management tools, some of these tools were Arabized to fulfill the needs of Arabic users. However, they lack applying some basic rules in Arabic language. This study addresses the most important consideration elements that must be followed when Arabizing software. Also, a systematic review on three project management tools, which are TeamworkPM, ProjectLibre and Microsoft Project, is conducted based on the proposed guidelines. This study concludes with some recommendations and suggestions, which can be used to improve the software project management tools in particular, and the wide range of software applications that provide Arabic language interfaces in general.

Keywords: Project management, Arabization, Tools, Localization, Arabic language.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Arwa Al-Amoudi
Arwa Al-Amoudi is a teaching assistant at Software Engineering department in the College of Computer and Information Sciences (June 2012 â present). She has earned a Bachelor degree of Computer and Information Sciences in the field of Information Technology in January 2012 at King Saud University. Moreover, Mrs. Alamoudi has published two different papers in local and international conferences proceedings. Also, another publication will be published by Springer CCIS, July 2013. Her current areas of interest are Affective Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Assistive Technology and Islamic and Arabic related topics.

Hailah Almazrua
Hailah AlMazrua is currently a Teaching Assistant in the department of Software Engineering, College of Computer and Information Sciences at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She received a bachelor degree of Information Technology, College of Computer and Information Sciences, from King Saud University in 2011. Ms AlMazrua has worked as Researcher/Developer at the Electronics, Communications and Photonics (ECP) Research center in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) for almost a year (2011-2012). Her current areas of interest and research are Islamic application, Assistive Technology, Web Technologies, and human-computer interaction mainly the field of user experience, usability and Adaptive Technology. She has written and presented an a few amount of papers at international conferences on her research areas.

Hebah Al-Moaiqel
Hebah Al-Moaiqel Received a bachelor degree of Information Technology, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University (KSU) in 2011. Ms.Al-Moaiqel worked as business/system analyst at SADAD Payment System Company for almost a year and currently as a teaching assistant in the department of Software Engineering, College of Computer and Information Sciences at KSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her main interests are improving softwareâs reliability, increasing performance and learning different system methodologies. Ms.Al-Moaiqel also has a growing interest in human-computer interaction especially in the field of user experiences. She has some publications in these domains were published recently in conferences and magazines.

Noura Alomar
Noura AlOmar has a bachelor degree from the College of Computer and Information Sciences in the field of: Information Technology, King Saud University (KSU), in 2011. Noura\'s current job is a teaching assistant in the department of Software Engineering, College of Computer and Information Sciences at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Ms. AlOmar has few international academic publications which include conference papers and journal papers. In addition, she has published few articles in local newspapers. Her research interests include recommendation systems, community-oriented systems, Web technologies and Bio-Informatics. Furthermore, her research areas in human-computer interaction cover the user-experience testing methods and techniques, affective computing and exploring users\' behaviors in online social networks.

Sarah Al-Koblan
Sarah Al-Koblan has a Bachelor degree of Computer and Information Sciences in the field of Information in January 2012 at King Saud University. She is working now as a teaching assistant at the department of Software Engineering in the College of Computer and Information Sciences. Ms. Al-Koblan current research interests are graphic design, information security and artificial intelligence. Additionally, she has published few papers in local and international conferences.


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