A new feature recently released in SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services on Cloud Foundry adds the ability to push an app directly into a Workspace ONE UEM account. Once testing is complete and the developer has received approval to release their app into production, the developer simply clicks a button to push the approved version into the enterprise’s Workspace ONE UEM account. This works for new apps as well as for updates to existing apps.
SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services already includes app life cycle capabilities to save time and improve the quality of apps during development and testing. Developers can store and manage each version of their mobile app in the Artifacts tab so that testers can easily find, download and test the correct versions. Testers, in the development team or targeted business end users who help with app testing, see information about the app including release notes and app owner contact information using the Mobile Services App Lab application. The Artifacts and App Lab features are only available on Mobile Services running on Cloud Foundry. I will cover Artifacts and App Lab in a future blog. Note that Mobile Services on Cloud Foundry is currently only available in the Early Adopter Care program.
Customers tell us that mobile app development and life cycle management can be time consuming. Deploying the wrong version of a mobile app is more difficult to correct than releasing the wrong version of a web app as it requires that all users download, install and use the corrected app to their devices. They are looking for ways to save time & avoid mistakes and thereby improve their ability to meet the enterprise’s growing mobile app needs.
In addition, as more organizations embrace the dev-ops model, the distribution of responsibility for enterprise applications is shifting from the traditional Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) administrators to developers and application business owners. This creates a need for initiating the application roll out from platforms like Mobile Services that are more accessible to the application teams.
As mentioned above, Mobile Services on Cloud Foundry gives developers a place to store and manage versions of their iOS and Android apps. Mobile Services also has a tester view, called App Lab, to an app catalog where testers can find, install and test specific beta versions of the app. After the development cycle is completed and the developer has received the final approval to publish the app, the developer simply clicks a button to push the iOS or Android app into the appropriate Workspace ONE UEM environment or tenant. A Workspace ONE UEM administrator then assigns the app to the correct groups and publishes the app out to the enterprise users.
This diagram shows how the components I have mentioned fit together.
The goal of this feature is to reduce a common workflow that involves a several systems down to a couple clicks. The new EMM integration with Workspace ONE UEM eliminates need to use email, shared folders, USB drives to get apps to the EMM admin team and removes the manual upload of app & descriptive information to Workspace ONE UEM. Saves time, reduces errors.