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How to Use DevOps to Optimize Mobile App Development

DevOps practices, pioneered ten years ago, have greatly helped streamline and improve the software development process. But for a variety of reasons it hasn’t yet been well-integrated into the mobile app development cycle. Help is on the way, though. The Gartner report, “Optimize Your DevOps Toolchain to Scale and Accelerate Mobile App Development” offers excellent advice for those who want to use DevOps for mobile app development.

How To Use DevOps To Optimize Mobile App DevelopmentThe report says that mobile app development poses a variety of challenges for DevOps. A key one is “Continued fragmentation and rapid proliferation of mobile devices, management tools and operating systems impact the ability of DevOps teams to keep pace with mobile app releases.” In addition, “mobile app releases and updates must contend with app store approvals, users having to download updates and inflexible release rollbacks.” And the third major challenge is that “Complex, composite mobile apps are driving changes to back-end enterprise systems that require increased collaboration between the front-end mobile development and broader DevOps teams.” In addition to all that, DevOps requires “a fully automated testing scenario,” but that has been problematic for mobile app development because of the sheer number of different devices that need to be tested on multiple operating systems.

How Can Enterprises Integrate DevOps into Mobile App Development?

So what can companies do to better integrate DevOps into their mobile development efforts? The report recommends that because different tools are often used to build different mobile apps, IT leaders must “recognize and embrace the fact that several front-end development tools will be needed to address the wide variety of app use cases across the enterprise.” And it says businesses should also use tools that “enable fully automated regression testing as well as visual validation of mobile app code, and ensure that all server-side components have been fully tested.”

The report has three additional important recommendations as well:

  • Enable continuous delivery by employing mobile test automation and dynamic app updating capabilities.
  • Improve continuous integration by leveraging common build and release services across a heterogeneous front-end development environment.
  • Institute continuous monitoring and feedback by implementing analytics instrumentation within apps.

And it also recommends that enterprises find the right tools for planning apps, notably ones that “support the mobile app product roadmap and portfolio management, and app prototyping and design.”

Alpha Anywhere development and its state-of-the art Alpha Cloud deployment environment were crafted with these DevOps challenges in mind.

Alpha Anywhere is ideal for that kind of mobile app prototyping and design, because it’s a rapid mobile application development (RMAD) tool that uses a low-code/no-code approach to mobile app development. That makes it simple to prototype and design apps and then quickly iterate them. In addition, its new no-code TransForm technology enables savvy business domain experts and IT departments to work together to quickly and effectively digitize business processes and deliver tangible business impact. It lets line-of-business experts build mobile apps using their insight regarding workflow needs and efficiencies, while simultaneously enabling IT to control data integration with systems of record, and data security compliance. Finally, Alpha Cloud eases app management, hosting, rollbacks and more for DevOps teams:

  • Direct publishing to the Cloud from within Alpha Anywhere
  • Domain name support
  • Create multiple sites and test environments
  • Multi-region support
  • Publish to any Alpha Anywhere version
  • TLS/SSL support
  • Automatic scaling to handle increased demand
  • Tenancy control
  • Integrated rollback and deployment scheduling
  • Fine-grained control of resource management
  • Failover support
  • Administrative controls for your Dev Team


Learn more about Alpha Cloud and how it eases DevOps or learn how companies are incorporating DevOps into mobile app development.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.