According to a Gartner digital technologies including mobile, big data/analytics, social media and public cloud are top priorities in 2013.
However, a survey conducted by the firm revealed that 70% believe mobile technology is the most disruptive digital technology in the enterprise.
Gartner vice president Mark McDonald said: "Digital technologies provide a platform to achieve results, but only if CIOs adopt new roles and behaviors to find digital value."
"CIOs require a new agenda that incorporates hunting for new digital innovations and opportunities, and harvesting value from products, services and operations," McDonald said.
55% of CIOs also said that big data and analytics, 54% tagging social media, and 51% selecting the public cloud as the most disruptive technology.
CIOs picked analytics and business intelligence as their top priority, followed by mobile technology , cloud computing, collaboration technologies, legacy modernisation, IT management, CRM, Virtualisation, Security and ERP applications.
The survey showed that CIO IT budgets have been flat, ever since the dot-com bust of 2002. In 2013, CIO IT budgets are expected to be slightly down, with a weighted global average decline of 0.5%.
"In a world of change, it is concerning that around half of CIOs surveyed do not see IT’s enterprise role changing over the next three years," McDonald said.
"IT needs new tools if it hopes to hunt for technology-intensive innovation and harvest raised business performance from transformed IT infrastructure, operations and applications. Without change, CIOs and IT consign themselves to tending a garden of legacy assets and responsibilities."
The survey included 2,053 CIOs, representing over $230bn in CIO IT budgets and covering 36 industries in 41 countries.