July, 01, 2021
Application packaging has been on the market for over 20 years and evolutionized along with the technological advancements. Businesses strive to keep their infrastructures as stable as possible, providing security, lowering financial expenditures, and ensuring smooth and continuous operations. The applications packaging market becomes more complex and demanding, urging continuous improvement and technological advancements.
In this article, we’ll go through major applications packaging trends that are expected to hit the market in the near future.
Applications packaging: Heading to New-Generation Package Formats Support
At the moment, the app packaging world is balancing between the two entities: those sticking to old-school technologies (MSI, App-V, ConfigMgr), and those who have already shifted to modern ones (MSIX, Intune). With Windows 10 came many changes that could significantly slow down your application packaging and testing progress.
MSIX now is the most modern application package format with a streaming-based implementation, ensuring higher safety of deployment and removal, disk space optimization, and much more. MSIX packages have high security levels.
Despite a vast number of advantages, MSIX cannot replace the MSI package at the moment, as it has some limitations that prevent a major part of applications from working inside an MSIX container.
As of today, it is unknown for how long Microsoft will allow installation of MSI packages; yet their decision may enforce extensive usage of MSIX in the future.
To ensure a smooth and easy application packaging process, businesses seek solutions that are able to support both old and new package formats.
Applications packaging experts tend to implement an end-to-end packaging solution that works with multiple package formats (MSI, MSIX, APPX, App-V, Thinapp) and repackaging of existing installations into MSI, as well as enhancing the packaging process’ quality, safety and velocity.
Automation and Standardization of Applications Packaging Processes
Modernization and automation of IT processes (including application packaging testing and creation) has become rather a rule than a trend.
To stay in tune with it, organizations are looking to IT automation to not only manage their application processes, but also their entire packaging workflow.
You need the ability to create robust and complete installation packages to be installed in the unattended mode.
Automation of application packaging operations
IT companies today require a holistic packaging solution to enable automation of major packaging processes. The tools they use must ensure that packages are safer, cleaner and ready for deployment than ever before, and without that much time spent on reviews and fixing mistakes.
Automation of application packaging workflow
Standardization & partial automation of your workflow are the main straight-to-the-point demand to provide a steady, reliable and smooth lifecycle.
Companies aim at getting a centralized workplace for multiple isolated projects with repository management for package delivery, covering the full application packaging life cycle starting from receiving orders directly from your clients in the solution, maintaining communication with customers, task and team workload management.
Focus on Quality Assurance
Installation process must result in a properly configured software that will run error-free. That means, not only the installation parameters have to be set and pre-configured. All necessary setting rules should be specified and checked before a package is made, including those settings that are modified at or after the initial launch of an application. That’s why Quality Assurance (QA) is an inevitable part of the application packaging process. Testing is a complex and cumbersome process that is much faster with automation tools.
Before deployment in the enterprise, MSI packages must be tested and checked for package consistency. MSIX packages must be checked for readiness for deployment and compliance with the Microsoft Store and Windows Desktop Bridge requirements.
The perfect solution must enable testing for safety, and compatibility.
PACE Suite provides testing support with Quality Approver – an in-built tool that automates package quality control, all the way down to preparing a test report for your packages. It works with the most popular package formats: MSI, MSIX, APPX.
Following market trends ensures higher productivity, cost savings and competitiveness today. To make your application packaging processes faster, preserving quality and technological velocity, a tool-driven approach is an inevitable part of any application packaging process.
Companies need to reduce the effort while advancing with this transition or staying in “the middle” for a while because changes are inevitably coming and bring a lot of uncertainty with them.
Having an application packaging solution is the winning option for enterprises and IT service providers, as it enables them to save costs and time, and determine the right strategy.
Bring the change to your application packaging operations with PACE Suite and organize your work processes and ensure better customer-packager interactions, improve Task management flow and integrate repositories, with PACE Packager Hub.
These two products work seamlessly together, enabling better performance and driving dramatic positive changes to your business, allowing you to stay on the top of the global application packaging trends.