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  • 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.