Buildpan makes it easy for the developers nullifying the hardware dependency of the mobile development teams ,IT companies are typically experienced in managing the physical or virtualised environments needed for server based applications, but many are not equipped to handle the new requirements of mobile application development.
Specifically, building and testing iOS applications requires Apple hardware. Apple hasn’t produced a “rack and stack” server product in ~13 years and has made it clear not to expect server grade infrastructure in the foreseeable future. As such, development teams are relegated to creating an ‘ad-hoc’ data centre with Mac minis, Mac Pros or MacBook Pros. It is not uncommon to walk through an office filled with mobile app developers and find a stack of Mac mini’s lying around on a desk or tucked away in a corner. Development teams are setting up “off-the-grid” hardware and IT and security teams are facing the challenges of securing and managing it.
BuildPan solves this problem of hardware dependency by providing a seamless cloud infrastructure empowering each and every individual developer to build , test and deploy mobile applications without worrying the hardware IT & security , resulting in time saving and cost effective solutions.
“Apart from the server itself being riddled with issues, the limited disk space, and time required to continuously update the keychain made our mac mini unusable. There was also a constant risk of spilling coffee on our build server, which added to the urgency of finding a new, secure solution.”
- Harald Trainer, iOS Lead at Catapult
Fortunately, Android application development eases some aspects of the hardware challenges compared with iOS development. Specifically, the compilation of Android applications can be performed on traditional server hardware. That said, Android developers are faced with a different challenge — ensuring that their app runs seamlessly on the exact devices their user base owns.
Testing on physical devices is the best way to surface issues that are specific to a certain OS, device, or vendor permutation. However, the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem makes this an intractable problem. Purchasing, setting up, and maintaining potentially hundreds of phones falls outside the experience and scope of even the most adventurous and experienced IT teams.