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How DevOps Helps Deliver Cool Mobile Apps to Users

Learn why Agile and DevOps are so important to mobile app development and delivering quality apps to users faster, with better security.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before DevOps became a mainstream practice, the entire software development process was excruciatingly slow, tedious and methodical. By the time software was ready to be deployed, a ginormous laundry list of changes and fixes was amassed, which was to be applied to the next major release. It would take months to go back to square one and work through the entire development cycle to prepare for the next release. Keep in mind, that this process would be repeated over and over again to deliver new updates to the users.

This whole concept seems primitive nowadays, where everything is done in real-time and instantaneously. The mobile revolution has dramatically changed the way we interact with software and companies, which were early adopters of DevOps, have totally changed the expectations for software development and deployment.

Let’s take a well-known company, such as Facebook, as an example. The Facebook mobile app is updated and refreshed every two weeks, like clockwork. This is the new standard because users now expect software to be constantly fixed and updated. If a company take a month or even more to deploy refresh with new features or a simple bug fix, will surely fade into obscurity. If you cannot deliver what users expect, then they will find someone who can.

Facebook, along with industry giants such as Amazon, Netflix, Google and many others have changed customer expectations, forcing enterprises to become faster and more efficient to meet customer expectations.

Why DevOps?

Agile and DevOps are critically important to mobile app development since deployment cycles are lightning quick. It’s a dense, fast-paced environment where companies have to outpace, outthink and outmaneuver the competition to survive. In the App Store, the average time an app remains in the top ten is about a month.

To illustrate the old-school Waterfall methodology, think back to when you first learned how to drive. Initially, you focused on every aspect individually. There was a methodological process, for example, you got in, fasten the seat belt, adjust the seat, mirrors, steering wheel, start the car, hands at the 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock position etc. If you wanted to perform a simple task, such as a lane change, this would involve a painstaking, multi-step process, which must be executed in a particular order.

If we apply DevOps to the example above, DevOps is like the natural way you drive a car after several years of driving experience. Everything occurs intuitively and simultaneously. You can go from A to B without putting in a lot of thought into the whole process.

The world of mobile apps is too fast for the old methods of app development. DevOps is designed to deliver effective, stable apps quickly and best of all you do not need vast amounts of resources, the likes of Amazon, Google and Facebook posses. You cannot buy DevOps, like you would any ordinary product or service. DevOps is more about a shift in culture and changing the dynamics of how teams work together.

It was not only the industry who started embracing the DevOps culture, smaller mobile app companies began embracing DevOps as well. “Shortening the release cycle while keeping the number of production incidents at a low level along with the overall cost of failure is what our customers looking for,” says CTO Oleg Reshetnyak at Reinvently Mobile app design & development agency.

DevOps: It’s Not About “If” but “When”

In today’s fast-paced environment, choosing DevOps is like choosing to breathe. You really have no choice in the matter. You either do it or you can die.

According to the data from the US Small Administration, only 16% of companies that are starting out today will last an entire generation. Mobile app companies who do not adopt DevOps practices risk going the way of the dinosaurs. Furthermore, the same study found that organizations who adopted DevOps practices are twice as likely to exceed profitability, product goals, and market share.

Three things are necessary in order to innovate quicker and with greater security: cloud, automation, and DevOps. It can be difficult to separate these three things since a lot will depend on your definition of DevOps, however, one thing is certain: DevOps unifies everyone within the organization around the common goal or delivering software faster, with greater quality and less risk.

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