What is Android DevOps? How Does it Work?

Jasmine Henry

May 12, 2020

Android DevOps is the methodology of aligning the IT operations teams and development teams (dev) toward shared goals of delivering quality mobile experiences. A full-lifecycle toolchain can support collaboration and optimization between the workflows — product, engineering, and customer happiness teams to continuously improve the user experience. Android DevOps isn’t strictly about the DevOps culture or cloud platform features. Instead, it’s about shifting processes to support agile open-source Android deployment and management. It’s focus is to automate the agile software development process and have frequent software delivery cycles.  

DevOps is, quite literally, a mashup of development plus operations. It’s “a set of practices intended to reduce the time between committing a change to a system and the change being placed into normal production,” per Len Bass of IEEE. Android DevOps practitioners balance speed with quality with a complete toolchain and automation. 

The main focus of the DevOps team is to shorten the development process. For configuration management, the IT operations team automates the continuous development process using DevOps tools. At Esper, you can automate the continuous deployments using our DevOps Pipeline feature. Contact our team to learn more about the Esper Pipelines. 

How Does Android DevOps Work?

Android DevOps typically must include a scalable mobile infrastructure and automation features. According to TechBeacon, the DevOps toolchain generally integrates platform features for:

  • Infrastructure as Code
  • Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Automated Testing
  • Orchestration
  • Deployment
  • Monitoring and Measurement

Integration is key to automation and successful deployments, by triggering automated change roll-back at each stage of the Android lifecycle. DevOps automation and integration leads to more successful innovation and predictable performance, per IBM research. 

Where Does Traditional MDM Fit into Android DevOps?

Many MDM and EMM solutions offer limited tools for Android Developers or Customer Success teams. Traditional MDM/EMM offers some Android DevOps tools for orchestration and measurement, but little support for infrastructure, CI/CD, or testing. 

A successful Android DevOps practice requires a connected toolchain to deliver efficiency, automation, or fewer failures. 

To learn more about the difference between EMM and DevOps platform features, we recommend MDM is Dead: It’s Time to Shift to Android DevOps

How to Go Beyond MDM to Android DevOps

Android DevOps aligns people and practices around common performance metrics. Going beyond MDM to Android DevOps can improve real-time response to changes in mobile devices, OS, apps, configurations, or user insights.  

If you need a modern solution, Android DevOps is where to turn. And if you’re not set up as a DevOps organization yet, don’t fret — our platform is built for Android dedicated device fleets and you can consume our tech stack at your own pace to get immediate value with your current organization and continue to build it as your evolve towards DevOps for Android.

Click here to request a demo of Esper’s platform for Android DevOps.