User expectations around mobile apps have made it imperative for development teams to deliver releases early and often, showcasing new features and obtaining feedback from line of business stakeholders and targeted customers. But connecting to a range of enterprise systems -- including native applications, back office systems, as well as third party services -- can greatly slow the pace of development.
In this webcast we will discuss how DevOps principles applied to mobile development can help reduce cycle times by optimizing how the mobile application and back-end systems are deployed and tested in parallel prior to being integrated. One team isolates changes to the native mobile app and deploys it with simulated services for manual device testing; another team develops the back-end service and develops automated tests against the back-end system APIs.
This parallel “dev, build, deploy, and test” cycle for the native and back-end systems proceeds independently, automatically, and regularly, providing higher confidence that the output from both teams will work when integrated. Thus less time is wasted setting up environments and mobile devices, and operational problems are discovered much earlier in the lifecycle.
IBM Distinguished Engineer, IBM Rational Software CTO Team
Leigh Williamson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer who has been working in the Austin, Texas lab since 1988, contributing to IBM’s major software projects including OS/2, DB2, AIX, OpenDoc, Java, Component Broker, WebSphere Application Server, and the Rational portfolio of development solutions. His current role is as a member of the Chief Technology Officer team, influencing the strategic direction for products addressing the needs of software development teams. Leigh’s primary focus is on tools and best practices for mobile application development. His blog on mobile development topics is http://ibm.co/mobile-frontier-blog. Leigh holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Nova University and a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from University of Texas at Austin.
Rowe spends his time defining and driving the strategy for IBM’s Rational software brand. His primary areas of focus are those aspects of the Rational portfolio that bridge across the brand and the rest of IBM, including DevOps, Mobile, Cloud, and business models such as Software as a Service.Michael has 28 years of IT operations, Systems Integration, development, consulting, and global project management experience. His experience includes a wide range of business areas including Accounts Receivables, Fulfillment, Human Resources, and Payroll, as well as multiple industries including, Computer Technology, Healthcare, and Distribution.
IEEE Spectrum “Tech Talk” contributor Douglas McCormick is a New York City-based freelance writer and communications consultant specializing in technology and life science. He has been editor or editorial director of such publications as PM360 (for healthcare marketers), BioTechniques (for molecular biology researchers), Pharmaceutical Technology, and Nature Publishing Company’s Bio/Technology (now called Nature Biotechnology). He was founder, CEO, and CTO of Physician Verification Services (an internet based healthcare marketing start-up) and, earlier, corporate director of scientific communications at SmithKline Beecham and computer science editor at Hayden Book Company.
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