This year, I'm spending a lot of time on the road meeting with CIOs in their offices. So \n\nmuch is changing in business right now, and it's hard to get a feel for what's really \n\ngoing on from my perch overlooking the Massachusetts Turnpike in Framingham.\n\nIn one meeting a few months ago, I asked the CIO of a large company on the West Coast \n\nwhat more we at CIO could do for her. This was someone at the top of her game. She has \n\ngreat alignment with the other business leaders in her company, a high-performing senior \n\nleadership team in IT, excellent project management discipline, impressive metrics \n\nsurrounding everything she does. I asked the question because I ask it of everyone. But I \n\nasked it not really expecting to get much back\u2014I mean, what more could she need?\n\n"You know what I'd really love?" she asked. "I'd love it if you could bring me examples \n\nof people doing things that take less than three months to implement and that have a \n\npayback of a year or less."\n\nThus was born "Quick Wins," our cover \n\nstory (by Senior Editor Kim S. Nash). Kim's story profiles five quick wins, but there's \n\nlots more out there. We'll be collecting and sharing those in an ongoing series as long \n\nas the economic downturn lasts.\n\nWhat's interesting about this particular slump is that a lot of people are not responding \n\nto it in a traditional way. Bruce Rogow, a very smart guy who also spends a lot of time \n\non the road meeting with CIOs in his "CIO Odyssey" visits, put it this way in a recent \n\nconversation: "CIOs are saying, 'Recession? I don't have time for no stinking \n\nrecession.'" They're living in a world of "double or die," he says. They have to double \n\nthe capabilities IT provides to the business, and they're not getting much, if any, \n\nincrease in their budgets to deliver it.\n\nThat money has to come from somewhere, and IT executives are finding a way. On one of my \n\nlast trips, CIOs were talking about how they're shifting capability while keeping \n\nspending flat. One airline industry exec said that six years ago the split was 70 percent \n\non baseline, or "run the business" spending, and 30 percent was for new investment. Today \n\nthey've almost completely turned that around, to 40\/60. That's pretty incredible.\n\nHave you found a way to get some quick wins this year? Let me know about it and we may \n\nfeature your company in an upcoming issue of CIO.