Deploying applications has never been as simple as it should be, but with the rise of mobile computing, the average enterprise IT organization is more challenged than ever. Not only are there a lot more applications to be deployed across a broad range of devices, the number of times those mobile applications get updated is substantially higher than traditional desktop applications.
Looking to apply a continuous delivery methodology to the deployment of mobile applications, Electric Cloud announced today it is launching Ship.io, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application for managing the deployment of mobile applications that is based on technology Electric Cloud acquired from CiSimple.
Electric Cloud CEO Steve Brodie says Electric Cloud will offer Ship.io alongside the company’s existing platform for managing the continuous delivery of Web applications and that eventually Electric Cloud will more tightly couple the two offerings.
Continuous delivery automates the testing and deployment of applications in a way that better enables IT operations teams to keep pace with development teams that have embraced agile development methodologies.
Integrated with GitHub, BitBucket and other such Git repositories, Ship.io automatically detects and configures native Android and iOS projects. It can also connect to existing development tool chains to simplify and automate unit, functional and physical device testing, says Brodie.
In just about every major IT organization, the management of mobile applications has put a major strain on DevOps across the enterprise. By making a framework for managing the continuous delivery of mobile applications available as a SaaS application, Brodie says Electric Cloud is providing a mechanism through which IT organizations can quickly and simply solve that problem.
The degree to which mobile computing applications are being deployed across the enterprise varies widely. But there is no doubt that just about every IT organization will have to rethink how they manage IT operations as the number of mobile applications they deploy continues to grow. The only real question is, will they look to extend their existing DevOps processes to support mobile or take the opportunity to embrace new approaches to DevOps that enable them to provide continuous integration and delivery of mobile applications to keep pace with the demand for those applications.