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  • RP/6, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and veterans, embarked on a major technology upgrade, including a dashboard and a dedicated app.

  • The majority of technology professionals said their organization will want IT to build no less than 10 apps this year, while many others said they'll have to deliver 50 within that timeframe, according to a recent survey from OutSystems. The accompanying "State of Application Development 2017 Research Report" reveals that mobile functionality within apps remains of high interest among users and business managers. However, it generally takes several months or longer to deliver a complete mobile app. As a result, most companies must now deal with a backlog of mobile projects because the pace of production can't keep up with demand. Budget limitations and a lingering skills gap create further delays. One potential remedy: Greater use of citizen developers, which a significant number of enterprises are either already supporting or are strongly considering. "Digital transformation is the single most critical issue facing organizations today," according to the report. "It's disrupting industries, transforming businesses and creating new competitive differentiation that will last for years. … As a result of this digital imperative, the demand for application development has skyrocketed, creating a crisis within most IT organizations." More than 3,200 global IT professionals took part in the research.

  • By replacing a disjointed group of apps with a streamlined cloud-based HR system, the Interlochen Center saves time and money and improves service to employees.

  • The vast majority of organizations today either currently use application program interfaces (APIs) or expect to in the future, according to a recent survey from CA Technologies. The report, "APIs: Building a Connected Business in the App Economy," reveals that such efforts help distinguish companies' products and services from their competitors' and can extend digital reach while reducing IT costs. Simply defined, APIs establish procedures, protocols and tools for building software applications to determine how software components should interact. The report distinguishes organizations as being either "advanced" at API management or "basic." Advanced organizations are more likely to create APIs in order to safely expose data; integrate APIs with back-end data and legacies; protect the integration with the right levels of security; and derive value from these efforts through analytics and monetization. To reach an advanced state of API deployment, IT teams must overcome obstacles such as a lack of skilled resources, time constraints, and difficulties in scaling usage and managing performance. "Connected devices now number in the tens of billions, and their use is still growing fast," according to the report. "It is impossible to reach them in a safe, simplified and scalable manner without the abstraction layer that APIs provide. That's why APIs are the building blocks of digital transformation. APIs cut the development cost of innovation and market entry. They allow organizations to deliver exceptional customer experiences; create new revenue streams; and connect employees, partners, apps and devices to the data they require—anytime, anywhere." An estimated 1,770 global senior business and IT executives took part in the research, which was conducted by Coleman Parkes Research.