Without a device cloud, engineers may be limited to the devices they have in hand, potentially limiting the collaborative gains offered by Agile methods and DevOps culture.
Inefficient Device Sharing
Trying to develop, debug, and test apps on real devices in hand and tethered to individual workstations blocks sharing and can create havoc and delays. Every moment spent searching for devices, productivity slips – and quality may suffer because apps or websites aren’t checked out on a sufficient mix of device form factors and mobile operating system versions. When teams are geographically dispersed, ‘sneakernet’ quickly becomes a useless plan.
Ultimately, a lack of support for continuous integration and continuous testing, and little or no ability to collaborate, can bring productivity to a standstill.
A Solution for Continuous Integration and Continuous Testing
deviceConnect restores continuous integration and continuous testing and can reduce lengthy wait on those shared devices. Developers, quality engineers, and customer support engineers benefit from the following:
Device scheduling, automatic inventory, app version management, and the ability to script critical management functions, mean that developers and other engineers can get the devices they need when they need them. Similarly, build systems can instantly, automatically deploy apps to suitable devices.
Regression suites, performance monitoring scripts, availability checks, and other repetitive, automated tests can access the devices they need when they need them.
Instant collaboration means that designers, developers, quality engineers, and/or support engineers can all look at the same devices in real time reducing documentation delays and dramatically improving communication.
In short, deviceConnect can eliminate waits for needed devices and can restore hands-off access for continuous integration and continuous test. The result is improved productivity across all phases of app and web development and delivery.