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Shridhar Mittal
Shridhar Mittal

Why You Need DevOps For Enterprise Mobile Apps

Enterprise mobile apps must be developed quickly and efficiently to meet the urgent needs shaped by consumers. The DevOps approach can get you there.

When nearly every aspect of our lives -- from unlocking our cars to buying dinner -- can be controlled with the touch of a mobile app, our expectations for what's possible change. The race for apps is on in the enterprise, and like it or not consumers are in the driver's seat.

Companies are driven by the speed of real-time feedback; customers are used to having an experience akin to when they visit a site like Amazon.com or Yelp. The quality of apps generates ardent comments and ratings online -- it's great to have five stars, but extremely damaging if the response is negative. With their reputation on the line, companies are starting to understand that a new approach is required to meet the demand for quality applications faster than ever before.

Enter DevOps. DevOps is a method of developing software where developers and IT operations professionals work together to speed up the delivery of new business services.

Inside software development, it is all about speed and quality. On the IT operations side, stability is most important. Being able to bring that agility from development over to operations is what will truly kick business into high gear. A recent study conducted by market research firm VansonBourne and commissioned by CA Technologies reveals that nearly all (99 percent) of senior IT decision makers surveyed in the US recognize the need for a DevOps strategy now, with the need to improve the customer experience as the No. 1 driver (68 percent).

[There are a lot of questions to answer when you dive into mobile. Read Do You Need Mobile Middleware?]

Conventional development methods are not good enough for the mobile era. DevOps is critical for the enterprise to address the increased use of mobile devices (52 percent) as consumers demand faster roll-out of newer and better mobile apps.

Adopting DevOps requires investment in technology and people. More than 70 percent of the survey respondents anticipate investing in new tools and training for development and operations personnel while 53 percent foresee having to hire new personnel with the necessary skills.

It is a matter of investment allocation. Instead of spending money on obsolete legacy technologies, companies should focus on next-generation technologies that will bring new value.

Companies that have been around for several decades face big challenges, as they have legacy systems. But those that are willing to undergo an internal transformation can win the competition in fast-changing markets. To stay competitive, companies need to allocate their budgets and invest in DevOps and related-technologies such as continuous delivery and service virtualization, which allows customers to test new applications in simulated environments.

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