The move to DevOps involves more than new processes and the latest tools. It’s a whole new philosophy that brings developers, IT, and the business itself together to build and deploy apps continuously, with much higher quality than ever before.
Getting there requires shifting the way an organization thinks about developing new apps. It requires a mindset of collaboration and continuous evolution in which all stakeholders are involved from the beginning. It requires tools and technologies that can support the entire process and automate wherever it makes sense.
And the journey is worth it. By understanding and implementing DevOps, teams of all sizes can get applications into the hands of users faster than ever, while continually increasing quality and user satisfaction.
What is DevOps and why does it matter in the mobile world?
There are over two million apps in each of the leading app stores today. User expectations are sky-high for consumer-facing apps, where a competing app is just a swipe away and reviews can make or break adoption. It’s important to think of employees as consumers, too, as they expect the same high-performance, mobile-first user experiences in their work apps that they get from the consumer apps they engage with on a daily basis.
Forrester defines DevOps as “providing a set of practices and cultural changes— supported by complementary tools—that automates the software delivery pipeline, enabling organizations to win, serve, and retain consumers better and faster than ever before.” Customer expectations today are exceedingly high and, as Forrester says, it is “the age of the customer.” DevOps provides a way to keep up with these high expectations and continuously evolving user demands, especially when it comes to the world of mobile apps.
The mobile app delivery process poses unique challenges when compared to web apps. The mobile ecosystem is fragmented, with a large number of devices and operating systems that change frequently. At the same time, end-users continue to have very high expectations. Staying competitive in this environment requires embracing these changes through innovation and DevOps streamlined for building, testing, and continuously iterating.
Very soon I will publish an article where I show the most striking trends and technologies for developers for this 2020, and at the end of all the development of mobile applications is a constant among the most outstanding technologies.
Why does DevOps matter in the world of mobile development?
Having a world where 80% of users who access the Internet do so from a mobile device, makes their demand more demanding.
- 40% of users will be less likely to come back to a mobile site or app if it doesn’t satisfy their needs.
- 29% of users will immediately switch to another app if an app fails to meet their needs.
Do we really need Mobile DevOps?
There are plenty of articles on how DevOps processes can be integrated and adopted with existing processes. However, very little information is provided on how DevOps can make a difference to companies that strive to enable their IT development and operate to integrate with business goals. Leaders in mobile application development and IT operations must address testing, release and the analytical needs of mobile DevOps environments. Mobile DevOps has a goal that important business and technical decisions to be usable and also to provide value to the users. In order to get a continuous mobile DevOps workflow, it is important to identify potential problems and bottlenecks.
To ensure the loyalty of the users, a mobile developer must provide the right application to the right customer at the specified time. Providing good quality software to the users and learning from their overall experience is a must. It gives an idea to the service providers about the quality and the type of service that is needed in the market. Agile development methods are not enough; a developer surely needs mobile DevOps to keep up with time. It combines automated tooling with “continuous everything” culture.
A DevOps practice should start with a production first mindset, meaning that everything that is done is to enable the app to be successful once it is life for end-users. You should not wait until your app is being deployed to start thinking about how to guarantee it is successful in production, that should be built into the app with the first few lines of code. For web apps, this might be integrating logging and application performance management SDK’s. For mobile apps, you should be integrating SDK’s that allow you to track and respond to app crashes as their user impact dictates.
The DevOps team should always have clear goals, and the best way to do that is through a groomed backlog. But how do you groom the backlog? With data-driven decisions. To get that data, you need to instrument your app so you can understand how users are adopting and using your app. Ideally, you will find a way to enable conversations with your app’s users to really understand the changes they want to see and what a great app looks like in their mind.
Now that you know where you should invest in your app, you need to quickly move those new features and enhancements out to your users. You can never sacrifice speed for quality or you simply trade problems, you never bring more value. Ensuring that you can move through all phases of testing to quickly ship a stable app is critical.
In the end, this is a small introduction to the world of mobile DevOps that I recommend you take into account when focusing your business, application, and objectives for the coming months. And now it’s your turn, tell me down here, in the comments, how do you think the world of mobile DevOps will evolve and how are you going to get on it to position the quality of your applications.
Happy to hear from you!