Mobile DevOps requires a robust and streamlined strategy for success
The mobile revolution of the last 20 years has radically changed our everyday lives. That’s not just the way we communicate, but also the way we find information, purchase goods and services, entertain ourselves and more. This has gone in tandem with great technological advances elsewhere, including small-business VoIP. Now it’s never been easier to organize a business teleconference or simply catch up with friends and family, wherever they happen to be.
Recent years have seen mobile apps scale new heights of technological achievement. This plethora of new apps has changed the way we work, play and chat. But that’s not all. It’s also changed people’s expectations—and it’s up to businesses to respond to that. Consumers expect apps tailored to suit the different aspects of their lives. This puts a great deal of pressure on businesses and other organizations to meet these higher and more demanding expectations.
That’s why so many are taking advantage of the opportunities offered by mobile DevOps. In a nutshell, the purpose of DevOps is to facilitate enhanced collaboration between project managers, mobile developers and ordinary employees. This helps businesses to meet their goals more effectively, while also ensuring that users enjoy the best and most convenient experience possible. It also means that businesses don’t have to go through the hassle of using native apps to create new hybrid products, greatly simplifying their tasks.
But without a robust and streamlined strategy in place, mobile DevOps won’t automatically deliver the goods. You need to have a solid understanding of a range of different factors. These will include user preferences, development trends and software delivery. One thing that is clear is that consumer expectations are changing at a remarkable rate and you need to ensure that your offering is up to par. Agility is the watchword, and your DevOps strategy needs to have this flexibility built-in.
Elements for Successful Mobile DevOps
Here we’ll take a look at four must-haves of any streamlined mobile DevOps strategy to help you get started. Read on to find out more.
It might seem like an obvious point to make, but thorough planning is the indispensable foundation of any effective mobile DevOps strategy. Having said that, you’d be surprised just how many firms fail to take this basic requirement properly into account. It doesn’t matter exactly what your specialism is—whether it’s HR software or telemedicine app development—your project must be planned in fine detail.
Get everyone who’s working on the project together. That means all stakeholders, from your developers and testers to your operations team and others. It’s then that you can start to map out what form your project will take. It’s a good idea to get clients involved at this early stage as well, because it’s imperative to keep their needs in mind at all times. Think about what everyone requires from the project (including quality control requirements) and how to deliver it. Consider the potential risks involved and what steps you might take to mitigate these.
People and Communication
It’s the same with any project—unless you’ve got the right people on board and the right chemistry between them, you’re almost certainly doomed to fail. Your team, therefore, is of the utmost importance. Mobile DevOps inevitably involves a wide array of different people with unique skill sets, who will make their own particular contributions to the project. You should prioritize finding the right mix and maintaining morale across the board. This will go a long way to ensuring harmonious working between the different wings of your team.
Part of keeping team morale high is making sure that communications between different parts of the team are smooth. DevOps projects, as we’ve noted, tend to have quite a large number of people working on them. There is a danger that different teams can become somewhat siloed. That’s where each smaller element of the team fails to work coherently with those around it. You should, therefore, make a concerted effort to keep the different groups working on your project collaborating closely with one another. In this way, your people are sure to add up to more than the mere sum of their parts.
Testing, Monitoring and Delivery
Continual testing, monitoring and delivery are all essential to ensure that deployment is smooth and free of avoidable errors. Every build should be subject to rigorous testing so that any snags can be discovered and ironed out. Monitoring must be similarly thorough at each step of the way. This helps to keep the production process stable so that any unexpected hitches can be dealt with more effectively when they arise. Continual testing and updating are more important than ever, given the advent of the internet of things and its always-on nature.
It’s also important to remember that speed is of the essence when it comes to mobile DevOps. The more effective your testing, monitoring and delivery processes are, the quicker you’ll be able to roll out new apps—in other words, increasing software velocity—and you’ll be able to do so with confidence that they’ll be reliable, user-friendly and secure. This will help to improve the overall efficiency of the development process, as well as boosting user and client satisfaction. It will also improve return on investment while helping to minimize the risk of cost overruns.
Quality and Efficiency
Striking the right balance between quality and efficiency in mobile DevOps may be top of mind for you. We’ve already alluded to the importance of efficiency in DevOps processes. Maximizing quality in the development of new apps can also do a lot to improve efficiency, save money and cut out unnecessary expenses.
After all, there’s no getting away from it: development can be an expensive business. A laser-like focus on quality can prevent avoidable complications in the development process. Crucially, it also helps to maintain user satisfaction (always a vital consideration). Think about telemedicine app development, for example—a particularly fraught area. A telemedicine app that’s unreliable, prone to errors or generally shoddy could have a devastating impact on a company’s reputation. Robust DevOps tooling not only allows for better quality but also enhances efficiency by freeing up developers and testers to work on other tasks.