As with many things in life, an organization’s transition to the cloud is a long game with a great deal at stake. The latest research by William Forrest, James Kaplan, Mark Gu, and co-authors indicates, in fact, that as much as $3 trillion of cloud value is up for grabs. Too frequently, however, as McKinsey distinguished cloud architect Aaron Bawcom reports in a new article, IT departments rush cloud migrations to capture initial savings—which decreases the likelihood that their organization will carve out a significant chunk of the value on the table. Organizations that invest in a solid cloud foundation prior to beginning a transition may enjoy a potential eightfold acceleration in cloud migration and adoption, and a 50 percent reduction in migration costs over the long term. For 10 concrete steps to setting up a cloud foundation from Bawcom and his coauthors, as well as more insights on how to get started with cloud, check out the articles below. And bookmark this page for a weeklong series on the topics that will headline this year’s #reInvent.