Practia Inc.

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We are the most prestigious technology services company in Latin America with offices in seven countries. Over the last 20 years our team of 1000 highly qualified professionals have successfully executed over 5000 projects. We provide onsite and remote cons...
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$50 - $99/hr
250 - 999
1995
Uruguay
Practia Inc.
We Turn Ideas Into Action
5.00/5 (1 Reviews)
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Custom Software Development, Mobile App Development, Web Development

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In recent years DevOps method has emerged as the real winner in software development as it helps to fill the gap between the development and the production team. However, there are reports that suggest that mobile app development poses a variety of challenges for DevOps.However, these challenges could be considered as integral to the development process, and by implementing best practices in the development process, they could be easily nullified. Let’s go through those challenges in detail and best practices. Mobile DevOps Challenges1) Different O.S Versions:  Mobile apps are developed for multiple devices; it means they have to keep updating it continuously and have to deal with various technical aspects, form factors, and O.S versions.2) App deployment in-app store: The mobile app is deployed to a device through the app store because developers cannot deploy app updates or new releases on demand. The app store adds an extra step to the app deployment process.3) Quality app production: The app should undergo rigorous testing for all kind of scenarios to see that app maintains high quality4) Localization of devices: The fragmentation and localization of available devices and their different O.S. versions adds considerable complexity to the mobile application development.5) Continuous delivery: Besides implementing the changes in the application, the mobile app developers are under constant pressure to release build as quickly as possible. However, the build setup and configuration for each mobile environment is different from the others. It demands the developer’s technical skill and its approach towards the development process. For example, which software development method (Agile, V-Model or Waterfall) would help them for rapid software development.  Best Practices for Mobile DevOpsThere is nothing like separate DevOps for mobile apps, but mobile apps do have specific needs and challenges that must be addressed. By following these best practices for Mobile DevOps, most of the challenges can be mitigated.  1) Continuous integration and continuous delivery:  End-to-end traceability:  The mobile app developers should ensure that there is end-to-end traceability across all development assets - such as test scripts, design documents, infrastructure as code,etc.. The traceability is not confined to mobile development assets alone; it must also cover enterprise applications and services that mobile apps connect, access, or integrate with.Continuous Integration: Developers practice Agile development for continuous development and integration of new code with code previously developed by other teams. Developers should automate the build and development process for rapid continuous integrationManage separate build: Mobile app developers must write multiple app variants to support each targeted platform and its variants. Therefore, every mobile app requires multiple versions of its SDK. For the smooth transition of mobile apps for specific platforms, it is essential that developers must manage discrete build and integration areas for each target platform.Use automation:  Mobile app developers often run manually. But as the number of builds and target platforms increases, it becomes complex to handle it. In such scenarios, developers can set up automated builds and run builds as needed on separate build servers. Automation also ensures that each build can be regenerated at any time and by any team member. 2) Testing and monitoringTest each build through automation: One cannot perform manual testing for each build. The best way is to test all apps with automated testing tools.Simulate backend services not available during mobile app testing: Mobile apps follow a rapid development process. It may result in many more releases when compared to backend enterprise applications and services. It means that mobile apps have newer features that aren’t yet supported by backend enterprise applications and services. So whenever backend services are available for testing, they might cost money or resources. To reduce the testing cost and check the mobile app features compatibility, the entire ecosystem of services, applications, and data sources that the mobile app needs to interact with can be made available as virtual instances (dummy), simulating the behavior of the actual capabilities the mobile app needs to interact with. Monitor the performance of mobile apps in the real environment: The biggest challenge of mobile app developers is that when an app performs well in the test environment, but fails in the real world. Adding logic to the app that captures information in the case of failure helps developers to find the root cause of the failure. A crash capture and analysis logic is an essential component of mobile apps.    3) Mobile app deliveryProtect corporate key after app release: A corporation or developer verifies an app’s authenticity and ownership through vendor-issued provisioning or profile key. The best practice of DevOps says that once the final app is released, replace all these personal keys with the official corporate keys. Above all, restrict corporate key access and profiles and only use them for official app releases only.Virtual app store to test device deployment: Once the app is developed, it is released on the mobile app store. The process looks simple, but if you are not familiar with how it works, it might be time-consuming. The best way is to use a virtual app store to test the entire app deployment process Use user feedback for product enhancement:  Mobile app development teams should closely watch app store feedback and ratings and incorporate the feedback for future enhancements, and software improvements.
In recent years DevOps method has emerged as the real winner in software development as it helps to fill the gap between the development and the production team. However, there are reports that suggest that mobile app development poses a variety of challenges for DevOps.However, these challenges could be considered as integral to the development process, and by implementing best practices in the development process, they could be easily nullified. Let’s go through those challenges in detail and best practices. Mobile DevOps Challenges1) Different O.S Versions:  Mobile apps are developed for multiple devices; it means they have to keep updating it continuously and have to deal with various technical aspects, form factors, and O.S versions.2) App deployment in-app store: The mobile app is deployed to a device through the app store because developers cannot deploy app updates or new releases on demand. The app store adds an extra step to the app deployment process.3) Quality app production: The app should undergo rigorous testing for all kind of scenarios to see that app maintains high quality4) Localization of devices: The fragmentation and localization of available devices and their different O.S. versions adds considerable complexity to the mobile application development.5) Continuous delivery: Besides implementing the changes in the application, the mobile app developers are under constant pressure to release build as quickly as possible. However, the build setup and configuration for each mobile environment is different from the others. It demands the developer’s technical skill and its approach towards the development process. For example, which software development method (Agile, V-Model or Waterfall) would help them for rapid software development.  Best Practices for Mobile DevOpsThere is nothing like separate DevOps for mobile apps, but mobile apps do have specific needs and challenges that must be addressed. By following these best practices for Mobile DevOps, most of the challenges can be mitigated.  1) Continuous integration and continuous delivery:  End-to-end traceability:  The mobile app developers should ensure that there is end-to-end traceability across all development assets - such as test scripts, design documents, infrastructure as code,etc.. The traceability is not confined to mobile development assets alone; it must also cover enterprise applications and services that mobile apps connect, access, or integrate with.Continuous Integration: Developers practice Agile development for continuous development and integration of new code with code previously developed by other teams. Developers should automate the build and development process for rapid continuous integrationManage separate build: Mobile app developers must write multiple app variants to support each targeted platform and its variants. Therefore, every mobile app requires multiple versions of its SDK. For the smooth transition of mobile apps for specific platforms, it is essential that developers must manage discrete build and integration areas for each target platform.Use automation:  Mobile app developers often run manually. But as the number of builds and target platforms increases, it becomes complex to handle it. In such scenarios, developers can set up automated builds and run builds as needed on separate build servers. Automation also ensures that each build can be regenerated at any time and by any team member. 2) Testing and monitoringTest each build through automation: One cannot perform manual testing for each build. The best way is to test all apps with automated testing tools.Simulate backend services not available during mobile app testing: Mobile apps follow a rapid development process. It may result in many more releases when compared to backend enterprise applications and services. It means that mobile apps have newer features that aren’t yet supported by backend enterprise applications and services. So whenever backend services are available for testing, they might cost money or resources. To reduce the testing cost and check the mobile app features compatibility, the entire ecosystem of services, applications, and data sources that the mobile app needs to interact with can be made available as virtual instances (dummy), simulating the behavior of the actual capabilities the mobile app needs to interact with. Monitor the performance of mobile apps in the real environment: The biggest challenge of mobile app developers is that when an app performs well in the test environment, but fails in the real world. Adding logic to the app that captures information in the case of failure helps developers to find the root cause of the failure. A crash capture and analysis logic is an essential component of mobile apps.    3) Mobile app deliveryProtect corporate key after app release: A corporation or developer verifies an app’s authenticity and ownership through vendor-issued provisioning or profile key. The best practice of DevOps says that once the final app is released, replace all these personal keys with the official corporate keys. Above all, restrict corporate key access and profiles and only use them for official app releases only.Virtual app store to test device deployment: Once the app is developed, it is released on the mobile app store. The process looks simple, but if you are not familiar with how it works, it might be time-consuming. The best way is to use a virtual app store to test the entire app deployment process Use user feedback for product enhancement:  Mobile app development teams should closely watch app store feedback and ratings and incorporate the feedback for future enhancements, and software improvements.

In recent years DevOps method has emerged as the real winner in software development as it helps to fill the gap between the development and the production team. However, there are reports that suggest that mobile app development poses a variety of challenges for DevOps.

However, these challenges could be considered as integral to the development process, and by implementing best practices in the development process, they could be easily nullified. Let’s go through those challenges in detail and best practices.

 

Mobile DevOps Challenges

1) Different O.S Versions:  Mobile apps are developed for multiple devices; it means they have to keep updating it continuously and have to deal with various technical aspects, form factors, and O.S versions.

2) App deployment in-app store: The mobile app is deployed to a device through the app store because developers cannot deploy app updates or new releases on demand. The app store adds an extra step to the app deployment process.

3) Quality app production: The app should undergo rigorous testing for all kind of scenarios to see that app maintains high quality

4) Localization of devices: The fragmentation and localization of available devices and their different O.S. versions adds considerable complexity to the mobile application development.

5) Continuous delivery: Besides implementing the changes in the application, the mobile app developers are under constant pressure to release build as quickly as possible. However, the build setup and configuration for each mobile environment is different from the others. It demands the developer’s technical skill and its approach towards the development process. For example, which software development method (Agile, V-Model or Waterfall) would help them for rapid software development. 

 

Best Practices for Mobile DevOps

There is nothing like separate DevOps for mobile apps, but mobile apps do have specific needs and challenges that must be addressed. By following these best practices for Mobile DevOps, most of the challenges can be mitigated. 

 

1) Continuous integration and continuous delivery:  

  • End-to-end traceability:  The mobile app developers should ensure that there is end-to-end traceability across all development assets - such as test scripts, design documents, infrastructure as code,etc.. The traceability is not confined to mobile development assets alone; it must also cover enterprise applications and services that mobile apps connect, access, or integrate with.
  • Continuous Integration: Developers practice Agile development for continuous development and integration of new code with code previously developed by other teams. Developers should automate the build and development process for rapid continuous integration
  • Manage separate build: Mobile app developers must write multiple app variants to support each targeted platform and its variants. Therefore, every mobile app requires multiple versions of its SDK. For the smooth transition of mobile apps for specific platforms, it is essential that developers must manage discrete build and integration areas for each target platform.
  • Use automation:  Mobile app developers often run manually. But as the number of builds and target platforms increases, it becomes complex to handle it. In such scenarios, developers can set up automated builds and run builds as needed on separate build servers. Automation also ensures that each build can be regenerated at any time and by any team member.

 

2) Testing and monitoring

  • Test each build through automation: One cannot perform manual testing for each build. The best way is to test all apps with automated testing tools.
  • Simulate backend services not available during mobile app testing: Mobile apps follow a rapid development process. It may result in many more releases when compared to backend enterprise applications and services. It means that mobile apps have newer features that aren’t yet supported by backend enterprise applications and services. So whenever backend services are available for testing, they might cost money or resources. To reduce the testing cost and check the mobile app features compatibility, the entire ecosystem of services, applications, and data sources that the mobile app needs to interact with can be made available as virtual instances (dummy), simulating the behavior of the actual capabilities the mobile app needs to interact with. 
  • Monitor the performance of mobile apps in the real environment: The biggest challenge of mobile app developers is that when an app performs well in the test environment, but fails in the real world. Adding logic to the app that captures information in the case of failure helps developers to find the root cause of the failure. A crash capture and analysis logic is an essential component of mobile apps.   

 

3) Mobile app delivery

  • Protect corporate key after app release: A corporation or developer verifies an app’s authenticity and ownership through vendor-issued provisioning or profile key. The best practice of DevOps says that once the final app is released, replace all these personal keys with the official corporate keys. Above all, restrict corporate key access and profiles and only use them for official app releases only.
  • Virtual app store to test device deployment: Once the app is developed, it is released on the mobile app store. The process looks simple, but if you are not familiar with how it works, it might be time-consuming. The best way is to use a virtual app store to test the entire app deployment process 
  • Use user feedback for product enhancement:  Mobile app development teams should closely watch app store feedback and ratings and incorporate the feedback for future enhancements, and software improvements.
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