Mobile app companies have already started integrating DevOps into mobile app development and the result is seamless, continuous integration and delivery! DevOps has become a popular method for developing and delivering applications to clients. A study conducted by Accenture shows that one-fourth of the Forbes 2000 listed organizations uses it. DevOps is structured around the collaboration and communication between development and operations within organizations and promises quality and delivery along with automated deployment.
Accenture and Gartner, both gave a good insight on how companies are incorporating DevOps into mobile app development. There are unique challenges for DevOps integration into mobile development, which is probably why not all companies are using this methodology. Jason Wong, the Gartner Research Director noted that a Gartner survey illustrated how only 42% of those who have implement the methodology have indicated how it can be used to support the development process of mobile apps. In actuality, it needn’t be that way. Accenture and Gartner offer guidance and advice in terms of using DevOps for mobile app development. Here are the highlights of what is observed by Accenture and echoed by Gartner:
- Bridging the Gap, a paper from Accenture is an excellent place to look for guidance for DevOps in mobile app development. The first rule is that the continuous delivery and continuous integration has to be against a real time environment. This is how DevOps can be successful for mobile app development. Even if simulators and emulators are used effectively in the early stages of development, as the app gets sophisticated with its features that end-users will see are developed, testing the app comprehensively and thoroughly across real devices in real-world environments becomes a lot more important.
- The infrastructure and applications need to be tested frequently along with frequent deployment. Doing so helps enhance the organization’s ability to automate the compatibility, functional and performance testing of the applications. In the infrastructure context, developing, deploying and testing will give immense insights into how the entire environment along with the application within it will perform.
- The quality of the application needs to be validated continuously. It’s basically performing all functionalities continuously. ‘Continuous everything’ is the key to modern mobile DevOps. The approach and intention has got to be to always strive at improving process, things and culture. The constant evaluation of productivity and efficiency can offer a great deal of insights into performance issues along with solutions for making each of the successive regressions smoother and more seamless.
How do enterprises solve challenges offered by DevOps in mobile app development? Here is what Wong suggests:
- Employ mobile test automation in order to enable continuous delivery
- Implement a mix of mobile app development tools while making use of continuous integration and common collaboration tools.
- Implement app instrumentation in order to foster continuous analysis and monitoring.
DevOps has all potential to become the norm in mobile app development. Aspiring android developers can also train in DevOps. For all you know, this could be the norm of the future!