Stepping into the Future: Transforming Mobile Development with Automated CI/CD Pipelines

By Adam Torkildson Adam Torkildson has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on August 11, 2023

The ever-changing landscape of technology and mobile applications presents both opportunities and challenges for developers.  Given that 83% of developers are releasing code faster than they did in 2021, it is now crucial to embrace new innovations, including mobile Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD), to stay competitive.

Recent years have witnessed a surge in the adoption of CI/CD pipelines, which have become indispensable due to their ability to automate the deployment of code from commits to production, thereby minimizing manual intervention.  Companies are increasingly implementing best practices for CI/CD, with 55.7% utilizing continuous integration, 34.3% employing continuous delivery, and 21.4% using continuous deployment.  Moreover, 29.8% of firms have incorporated continuous testing, while 10.1% have instituted continuous security.  In fact, the automation of DevOps processes has increased significantly from 8% in 2020 to 24% currently, indicating a strong trend toward automation.

Yet, not all developers, particularly mobile app developers, have fully embraced the transformative power of CI/CD.  This is surprising given the current explosion in demand for mobile apps.  With around 7.33 billion mobile users globally and more than 255 billion mobile apps downloaded in 2022, the need for mobile app developers is predicted to increase from 17% to 24% by 2026.  This escalating demand has driven developers to hasten the code release process, with 35% claiming they are releasing code twice as quickly as in 2021, and 15% stating they are deploying code three to five times faster.

However, these advancements come with their own set of challenges.  The need for specialized mobile development skills has led to labor shortages, high demand for Mobile DevOps experience, additional security threats, and increased customer demands, all contributing to a difficult environment for developers.  Any errors in releases can be harder to detect, potentially impacting ratings and user experience.  Moreover, the rising costs of salaries, benefits, and cloud-based service platforms pose an additional financial challenge.

Despite these hurdles, 35% of developers claim their organizations have fully implemented a CI/CD pipeline, experiencing several advantages as a result.  Mobile app developers employing CI/CD pipelines can detect bugs earlier, before the app reaches production, with 50% of workflow failures being identified within an hour.  CI/CD allows for faster release times, with 80% of workflows being completed in 10 minutes or less.  Importantly, CI/CD helps developers stay attuned to the rapidly changing mobile ecosystem, by automating manual tasks and enabling them to focus on improving app quality and speed of release.

The benefits are not merely theoretical; the numbers attest to their impact.  Developers utilizing CI/CD report an 8.3% enhancement in test reliability, a 6.3% increase in customer satisfaction, an 8.7% simplification in maintenance and upgrades, a 7.2% increase in developer satisfaction, and a 5% overall cost reduction.  According to Barnabás Birmacher, founder and CEO of Bitrise, “When it comes to Mobile DevOps, the need for speed is rivaled by the need for confidence.”

Bitrise, a mobile DevOps platform built around mobile CI/CD, embodies this philosophy.  With over 100,000 developers, two million builds per month, 6,000 customers, and ninety-five million dollars in funding, Bitrise is revolutionizing the mobile DevOps landscape.  Their cutting-edge CI/CD offerings include build and test caching, advanced build pipelines management, and release management.  Bitrise supports both native and cross-platform development and provides various integrations, such as automated code signing and provisioning, cache builds, tests, and dependencies, and notification setup for Slack.  Furthermore, Bitrise facilitates automated app releases to the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Bitrise’s success underscores the advantages of automating the mobile CI/CD pipeline.  Mobile CI/CD is not just about efficiency and speed; it is about giving developers the confidence to deliver high-quality apps that meet rising customer expectations.  An automated CI/CD pipeline enables developers to mitigate risk, reduce errors, and stay agile in the rapidly changing mobile ecosystem. 

In conclusion, the importance of automating your mobile CI/CD pipeline cannot be overstated.  With the increasing demand for mobile apps and the accompanying speed of code release, an automated CI/CD pipeline is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity.  It offers numerous benefits, from bug detection to cost reduction, allowing mobile developers to stay ahead of the curve.  Companies such as Bitrise are already pioneering in this field, providing robust tools and services to automate, test, and release apps with confidence.  It is clear that the future of mobile development lies in automation through fully hosted mobile CI/CD. The wave of change is here, and the time to ride it is now.

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By Adam Torkildson Adam Torkildson has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Adam Torkildson is a News Columnist at Grit Daily. He is an investor, father, a volunteer SCORE mentor to small business startups, and lives in Utah with his wife and kids.

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