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In the constantly evolving world of technology, the position of ‘DevOps Engineer’ was recognized as the most sought-after job in 2021.  The DevOps market, which was valued at $7 billion in 2021, is projected to surge to a staggering $51 billion by 2030, marking an impressive CAGR of 24.7%.  This astronomical growth parallels the increasing demand for Mobile DevOps engineers, a trend underpinned by the digital market’s dynamics.

The Rise of Mobile DevOps

In 2022, we observed an 11% rise in new app downloads (255 billion), a 14% growth in mobile ad spend ($336 billion), and a 3% increase in hours spent in-app (5 hours per day).  This rapid growth brings increased attention to Mobile DevOps engineers, with 35.55% of recruiters seeking to employ professionals with DevOps skills and 23.37% hunting for mobile development skills.  This ongoing trend shows no sign of decelerating, with the demand for DevOps engineers projected to increase by 21% by 2028.

However, as demand for Mobile DevOps engineers rises, so do industry expectations.  As more companies gain popularity, they require faster build, test, and release times to meet escalating consumer expectations.  This necessity for speed and efficiency underpins the enormous demand for dedicated Mobile DevOps engineers, who are essential for rapid deployment and exceptional customer satisfaction.

Mobile Deployment Trends

The advent of the mobile era has marked a paradigm shift in revenue models, with mobile now serving as a primary revenue mechanism.  Approximately 33% of American retailers, 42% of small businesses, and 55% of Millennial-owned businesses own at least one app.  With smartphone users relying on 9 to 10 apps daily and up to thirty monthly, there is an ever-growing need for more builds and tests.

Yet, the competitive landscape is evolving as well.  Currently, the Google Play and App Store host 5.7 million apps, intensifying the competition for consumer attention.  This competitive pressure significantly increases the demand for Mobile DevOps engineers who can meet the industry’s ever-growing demands.

Moreover, the increasing demand for faster mobile deployment and the consumers’ rising expectations for flawless app performance necessitate a strategic response.  This is where DevSecOps, which emphasizes security, comes into play, considering that 81% of all mobile apps are susceptible to cyberattacks.  This vulnerability propels the growth of the global DevSecOps market, anticipated to grow from $2.59 billion to $23.16 billion by 2029, marking a CAGR of 31.50%.

DevOps Tools to Utilize

DevOps tools, particularly Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), have become increasingly critical in this climate.  Their usage has grown, with Managed CI/CD services experiencing a 6% increase between 2021 and 2022, self-managed CI/CD tools seeing a 4% increase, application security testing going up by 4%, and test automation and management tools growing by 3%.  Currently, one in five developers uses CI/CD tools to automate building, testing, and deploying code, exemplifying their critical role in the ecosystem.

Mobile DevOps tools dramatically increase efficiency, with 49% of companies reporting a reduction in time-to-market after implementing them.  These tools have also helped affirm quality in deliverables, as noted by 61% of developers.  The positive impact of mobile DevOps on organizations is universally acknowledged, with 99% of developers confirming this sentiment.

Companies that integrate mobile DevOps technology tend to be top performers in lead time for code changes, are less likely to underperform in deployment frequency, and report improved delivery performance.  As Barnabas Birmacher, CEO and Co-Founder of Bitrise, aptly put it, “Being mobile-first means companies are constantly optimizing their mobile offerings and relying on technology that enables them to streamline their development and operations.”

Bitrise, a tool used by more than half of all mobile unicorn startups, encapsulates this philosophy.  It aims to enable the Mobile DevOps engineers of the future by reducing build times, increasing deployment frequency, improving app stability, and optimizing infrastructure and mobile DevOps spend.  Supporting a wide range of platforms, including iOS, Android, React Native, Flutter, Ionic, and Cordova, Bitrise underscores the future-oriented approach to Mobile DevOps.

In Conclusion

Prioritizing Mobile DevOps promises to catalyze job expansion, stimulate market demand, and dramatically enhance the quality of deliverables for DevOps engineers.  As the digital age continues to evolve, Mobile DevOps engineering is poised to ride the crest of this wave, reshaping the digital landscape with its innovative approaches and transformative potential.  It is a compelling field that is both robust and flexible, integrating diverse elements of technology to deliver a streamlined and seamless user experience.

The Future of Mobile DevOps Engineering
Source: bitrise

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