Mobile CI/CD Pipelines and the Future of App Development

As digital transformation accelerates, automation in mobile Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipelines has taken center stage.  Developers are now delivering code at a swifter pace than ever, with an impressive 83% surpassing their 2021 benchmarks.  In an era demanding innovation, mobile CI/CD has emerged as a game-changer.

With 24% of DevOps processes already fully automated, a rise from 8% in 2020, mobile CI/CD pipelines have witnessed a rapid uptake.  Nonetheless, their full potential remains underutilized, particularly within mobile app development.  This deficiency seems surprising given the soaring demand for mobile apps – 2022 alone saw over 255 billion downloads by 7.33 billion global mobile users.  This market pressure has led to an intensified demand for speed, with 60% of developers noting a faster transition of code into production.

Real-world challenges, such as labor shortages, heightened security threats, and escalating operational costs, significantly impact mobile app development.  Furthermore, unforgiving customer expectations amplify the cost of mistakes, making the automation of mobile CI/CD pipelines imperative for maintaining competitive advantage.

Developers implementing CI/CD pipelines have already started reaping benefits like early bug detection, seamless user experiences, and expedited release times.  For instance, 80% of workflows using CI complete in under 10 minutes.  These benefits are further evidenced by enhanced test reliability (8.3%) and reduced overall costs (5%), highlighting the undeniable importance of automation in mobile CI/CD pipelines.  As Bitrise’s CEO, Barnabás Birmacher, aptly puts it, the need for speed in Mobile DevOps is matched by the necessity for confidence.  The hour for harnessing the power of automated mobile CI/CD pipelines is upon us.

The Importance of Automating Your Mobile CI/CD Pipeline