Over the last few months, we’ve been working on enhancing Kinvey with new capabilities to help enterprises handle the complexity of managing and launching the lifecycle of their apps. In the new digital world, app development, specifically the processes of development collaboration and of managing different app versions, is extremely complex for enterprises because:
- App dev teams are comprised of both internal front-end and backend developers, plus developers from external SIs and agencies,
- Apps are being built for a complex matrix of OSes and device-types, so an app now lives across experiences instead of just one form factor, and
- The lifecycle is governed by different enterprise policies — while connections to backend systems take longer and have to be signed off by IT, front-end development happens with fast & agile processes with many iterations (we call this “2-speed IT”)
We’ve found that this is a huge pain for managing the enterprise development lifecycle, and so we’re excited to be launching this set of new features to make it easy for enterprises to handle their app’s “Digital Lifecycle Management,” or DLM.
DLM accomplishes two things. First, it allows enterprises to clone multiple versions of an app environment quickly, and then easily migrate different changes in each environment back and forth. So, for example, front-end developers can quickly add, test, and deploy new features, while backend engineers work separately on integrating the enterprise’s own systems (hence “2-speed IT”).
Second, DLM enables a truly collaborative development process, where administrators can manage developers’ access to different test, staging, and production environments regardless of where and for whom the developer works. In other words, even globally distributed enterprises with multiple internal and external development teams can be truly collaborative.
The full press release is available here.