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Mobilizers: Are You Saving Time with App Signing Automation?
As you know enterprise mobile apps must go through app signing before they can be deployed to users. Depending on the application, app signing credentials to determine whether an app can be trusted can come from the enterprise itself or from a third party. This arduous process can be simplified with app signing automation. Enterprises generally rely on developers or IT administrators to sign code. Even with technical expertise, the process can take several days. This is because app signing relies on various commands that must be executed in a specific sequence and are prone to trivial errors. In some situations code has to be manually submitted to 3rd parties to be signed, which only further complicates matters.
Add to that the fact that each major device manufacturer requires developers to follow a different set of signing procedures, and it becomes clear just how burdensome app signing can be. Clearly, manual app signing is a drain on time and resources -- but the solutions is to automate the app signing process. App signing automation is an innovative feature that allows non-technical users to successfully sign and re-sign apps without any assistance from developers or IT experts. Instead of digitally signing code manually, the entire process is automated and initiated by the click of a button -- the benefits of app signing automation are obvious. As a part of Apperian's mobile application management (MAM™) platform, enterprises are able to release successive versions and modifications of enterprise apps more quickly and efficiently. Because each stage of the process is automated, the risk of manual errors is eliminated. This means that app signing automation is extremely dependable and can be repeated continuously with predictable results.
Signing apps with one-click puts the ability to deploy enterprise apps in the hands non-technical staff, meaning that departments gain more ownership over their applications and technical staff are less strained. For enterprises developing both internal and external applications, integrating app signing automation into a mobile application management (MAM™) framework just makes sense. It is an evolutionary step forward in a burgeoning field that reduces the required timeframe and cost of enterprise app deployment. Read our full app signing automation press release here.