Want to simplify operations across the enterprise? Try a DevOps team

By Jonathan Crowl

What motivates enterprise services to fuse development and operations into a unified team? In a word, efficiency. Installing a DevOps team helps simplify operations by increasing collaboration on digital projects, accelerating development cycles and reducing the lag time between different iterations of new technology solutions — particularly in the case of mobile applications.

In a way, the melding of development and operations teams is a perfect reflection of how today’s user experience requires unified platforms, devices and software. Users need a more comprehensive experience that spans all technology platforms seamlessly; desktop users do not want to be directed to use a mobile app instead, or vice versa. Within the technical framework of today’s user experience, mobile applications serve as the linchpin that unifies front-end experience with back-end technology.

If implemented correctly, a DevOps team can simplify services and enrich the user experience through mobile apps, while improving the development workflow and end products on the enterprise side. Here are a handful of key benefits that a unified DevOps team can bring to a business.

An Improved Enterprise Front End

Generally, mobile apps are an interface between the enterprise and its consumers or employees. Sometimes, there’s an extra layer added: A mobile app that serves as the front-end interface to another mobile app operating within the enterprise.

While it may sound unnecessarily complex to create apps on top of apps, the process can actually simplify operations by creating a smoother interface for users. Additionally, any problems that arise with the interface can be more easily isolated to a specific operating system, enabling the enterprise to run their apps more efficiently. An improved front end is an efficient way to enhance the overall mobile experience, leading to happier users.

Seamless, Continuous Integration and Delivery

The DevOp approach streamlines development and operations into a unified, collaborative process that enables a team of developers to generate newer versions of a mobile app and present them to operations for review in a shorter period. Accordingly, more versions of an app are generated, and the development process becomes more efficient overall. This accelerated cycle allows for more iterative improvements and ultimately improves the performance of a mobile app once it is released.

DevOps simplifies the development and implementation processes, ultimately providing a more seamless integration of mobile apps with underlying back-end software and tools. As a result, enterprise services see a better product with an enhanced interface and fewer hiccups.

Expanded App Opportunities

Faster development yields additional benefits: As DevOps processes are streamlined and accelerated, enterprise brands experience the flexibility to produce additional mobile apps with more utility. Instead of large, one-stop app solutions, brands can break their services into a suite of apps that provide, in sum, the same services with greater agility. Thus, as noted in Information Age, new tools can be pushed out faster.

In addition, the apps themselves become increasingly simple in nature. That cuts down the number of moving parts in any single mobile app, and reduces the risk of bugs and other complications.

User Feedback Through the Mobile Platform

Unlike traditional desktop tools, which often only send reports and feedback when users specifically request that action, mobile apps automatically generate reports that provide enterprises with invaluable data. Gathering it simplifies the process of alpha and beta testing, and enables enterprises to improve a product that is live. The result? Problems are more quickly identified and addressed, reducing downtime and user headaches.

By utilizing mobile apps, DevOps can dramatically improve integration and delivery while expanding the available suite of app solutions and improving that suite through continual user feedback.