Difference between DevOps and Mobile DevOps

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DevOps principles are the same irrespective of being applied in web or mobile development, there are several differences which are discussed below.

In-app development, both technical and non-technical people are familiar with the infinity symbol representing the never-ending DevOps lifecycle and its steps — which are usually along the lines of planning, building, testing, releasing, deployment, operation, and monitor.

What DevOps steps mean

During the Planning phase Product, Engineering, and Design teams get together to come up with a plan regarding a set of product changes — including non-functioning prototypes — which will later be the hypothesis for improving the product.

Next, the Building stage involves implementing the proposed changes to a minimum standard required to prove (or disprove) the hypothesis. This is the stage at which the User Interface is designed, code is implemented, and automated tests are written.

During the Testing phase — depending on the maturity of the app and the size of the team — different types of testing practices take place. These can range from conducting automated unit and UI interaction tests all the way up to manual QA testing. The aim is to understand the quality level and potential risk of the new release.

The Release phase is the point at which we say a build is ready for deployment into the production environment. By this stage, each code change has passed a series of manual and automated tests, and the operations team can be confident that breaking issues and regressions are unlikely.

Deployment happens when the changes are deemed stable enough that the app can be released to users. Initially, at this stage, internal and external beta users can try out new changes via Testflight, Deploy steps, or alpha testing.

In the Operation (Measuring) stage, a quantitative and qualitative analysis is conducted, based on usage metrics and direct user feedback. This data highlights any potential for product improvement and gives useful insights into the performance of a previous iteration — whether it has moved the needle or not.

And finally, the last stage, Monitoring: during this phase, multiple things are tracked, such as app consumption (how much resource our app is consuming), app usage, responsiveness (how long the app takes to load and switch between screens), and stability (how many errors and crashes an app is generating). 

 

Other common analytic tools monitor how the users interact with the app via custom events.

Differences between DevOps and Mobile DevOps

The first difference is the Target Environments. When developing a mobile application our objective is to ensure that it runs smoothly on the different mobile operating systems. Within the same mobile application, platform variants exist for example the iPhone and iPad use variants of the same operating system.

The second difference is the Hosting Method. After developing your mobile application, you will host it on one of the platforms say App Store or Google Play store. After developing your web application, you will host it on an in-house server or in the cloud. Cloud hosting has become a popular choice for application hosting.

The third difference between DevOps and mobile DevOps is the Distributing’s Method updates. For mobile applications, users can opt for updates unless such updates are mandatory.

 

Another difference in updating applications is a rollback, for web applications you only need to update the hosted application. For mobile applications, it is initiated by the end-user. Another difference is the speed at which updates can be distributed. For mobile applications continuous delivery is not possible because the store owner’s approval is required which may result in several days of waiting. Therefore, releasing mobile applications is more challenging.

 

The fourth difference between DevOps and mobile DevOps is Technologies Available. Although there are plenty of tools supporting some phases of DevOps and mobile DevOps, technologies available for mobile DevOps are fewer.

Conclusion

As there is no universal definition for what DevOps is, and much less for Mobile DevOps, there have been many interpretations. In the end, the idea is still based on the base stages.

It is very likely that in some scenarios you can see that the release stage is divided into Package and Release or that Deploy is called Shipping and so on. In the end, the idea is to understand the base and start from there.

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Luis Matos

Luis Matos

I help professionals and companies to create value solutions. I am a Systems Engineer, blockchain executive, and international mobile application speaker. Founder of the Malla Consulting Agency and several international technology communities.
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