Open source software was not popular with the IT leaders surveyed by CIOConnect. Despite publicity about lower licensing costs and improved reliability, less than 10% thought the technology was of significant benefit.
In contrast, business process management was thought to have a significant impact by 54% of CIOs and a major impact by a further 16%.
"Organisations are taking their broader IT strategies much more seriously now and recognising that, without the right processes in place and a flexible systems architecture to support them, very little can be achieved with 'spot' technologies," the report said.
Service oriented architectures also received some attention from IT leaders. These technologies allow business systems to be broken down into modules allied to a particular business "service". Thirty five per cent said this would benefit their organisation.
The report suggested this meant CIOs were confused about how SOAs might apply to their organisations or did not realise the business agility they could offer. Comments from CIOs suggested the industry terminology of web services, as opposed to SOAs, was unclear.