Last week, two numbers dominated the news: 100,000, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. \u2013 more than any other nation \u2013 and 3.28 million, the number of U.S. unemployment claims in a single week, nearly five times that of any week since 1967. When the pandemic passes, many of those jobs may return, but according the Fed and most economists, we\u2019re likely in a recession already.\nIn 2010, warning CIOs of the possibility of a double-dip recession, Gartner issued this advisory: "In 2008, most CIOs were forgiven for being unprepared to deal with the global recession, but \u2026 no CIO will be forgiven for being unprepared a second time.\u201d\n\nIDG Special Report: Dealing with the Downturn\n\n7 tips for coping with a limited IT budget (CIO)\nWhere to look for cost savings in the cloud (InfoWorld)\n5 tips for navigating supplier relationships in an economic downturn (CIO)\nHow businesses can save money when everyone needs Office to work from home (Computerworld)\n10 SD-WAN features you're probably not using, but should be (Network World)\n\n\nGartner\u2019s advice to IT leaders: Develop a list of IT projects that could be postponed or canceled. But as Ken McGee, a Gartner fellow, told Computerworld\u2019s Mitch Betts, he was doubtful CIOs would heed that advice.\nHave CIOs learned their lesson? Did they develop that \u201cjust in case\u201d list of projects to pause? Did they update business continuity and disaster recovery plans and conduct tabletop exercises? If not, you can be sure they\u2019re doing that now, even as they are very much in the thick of dealing with the global pandemic and economic downturn.\nThe problem, of course, is that people seldom make the best decisions in times of crisis. IDG\u2019s enterprise publications \u2013 CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World \u2013 offer several different perspectives on making the right choices now to avoid going off track later.\nLeading IT in tough times\nWriting for CIO, contributor John Edwards offers "7 tips for coping with a limited IT budget," which kicks off by urging IT leaders to get over their denial and focus on reprioritizing projects immediately. To do that, you need a clear view of the businesses' strategic goals\u00a0\u2013 and the support of upper management as you move ahead with initiatives that matter. Muster the courage to block zombie projects that suck precious bandwidth, even when bosses demand them. And don't be afraid to seek external resources if you hit a wall internally.\nIn that latter case, decision-makers tend to turn to the cloud, as if migrating workloads skyward automatically reduces costs. But as InfoWorld Contributing Writer Bob Violino explains in\u00a0"Where to look for cost savings in the cloud," it's not that simple. Cloud migration without proper cloud configuration actually costs more. So Bob identifies six situations in which you can expect to win when you reduce on-prem capex in favor of increased cloud opex\u00a0\u2013 and tap advanced services in your cloud if you need them.\nContributor John Belden offers another take on optimizing external relationships with "5 tips for navigating supplier relationships in an economic downturn." For one thing, times of crisis can accelerate dealmaking and cause suppliers and buyers to bypass tedious struggles for the upper hand. For another, when an existential macroeconomic threat looms, organizations are forced to overcome their institutional intertia \u2013 and embrace shared initiatives, such as efficient digital integration among partners.\nDon't neglect the bread-and-butter stuff, either. As Senior Reporter Gregg Keizer explains in "How businesses can save money when everyone needs Office to work from home," you can cut costs substantially by switching to the right Office flavor. Gregg's advice may hold beyond the short term, as businesses discover that employees can work just as well at home as they do in an office. So we're paying for office space...why?\nCost savings sometimes arrive in the form of needed functionality you weren't aware you already had. In "10 SD-WAN features you're probably not using, but should be," Network World contributor Neil Weinberg clues in SD-WAN customers: You may not know this, but zero-touch provisioning, application-aware routing, microsegmentation, and a bunch of other stuff may already be part of your SD-WAN solution. If you were planning on procuring any of those things separately, you don't have to.\nRecommendations like these will sound familiar to those who have endured previous downturns. Prioritize. Cut bait on bloated projects with uncertain return. Consider free stuff, even if it might not have every feature you want. Sift through your portfolio of services, software, and infrastructure for hidden cost savings. Yeah, it's about as fun as cleaning out the garage. But if you get it right, you'll have a better shot at surviving the storm more or less intact.\n\nMore on the CIO role today:\n\n The case against the 'business-minded CIO \n CIO resumes: 6 best practices and 4 strong examples \n How successful IT leaders take charge from day one \n CIO succession planning in the digital age \n CIO playbook: 10 tips for leading IT in the digital era \n How CIOs transform IT for the digital era \n 8 CIO archetypes: What kind of IT leader are you?