If you haven’t heard yet, Atlassian is discontinuing its server offering. As of February 2, 2021, new customers won’t be able to purchase server, and support for the server offering will end on February 2, 2024. This change reflects Atlassian’s increased focus on the cloud and the general industry trend away from data centers and towards cloud-based SaaS services.

But for companies that depend on Atlassian products, this change can be alarming. It’s tempting to look at the end-of-support date and conclude that you don’t have to worry about it yet. This might actually end up being true — for some organizations, waiting is actually the best strategy. But the migration process takes at least six months, so there is only so long that you can wait.

Atlassian Server graphicWe wrote a white paper to address some of the common questions organizations have about the future of Atlassian server, what to do next and how to ensure the smoothest migration possible. Here are some of the key points:

You don’t have to move to Atlassian Cloud right now.

As we mentioned above, sometimes waiting is the best strategy. Organizations also don’t have to move directly to Atlassian Cloud. For some, moving to Atlassian Data Center, either managed on-premises or as part of a managed service, is the best immediate step. This is especially true if there is functionality or compliance certifications that your organization needs that don’t appear on the Atlassian Cloud roadmap.

You should identify a strategy in the next year.

The first part of any migration, whether directly to Atlassian Cloud or to Data Center on-premises or as a managed service, has to start with assessment and planning. This involves a thorough assessment of what products are being used throughout your organization, which add-ons you use, what types of integrations you need to support and what versions of Atlassian applications you’re running. You’ll also want to compare your needs to the Atlassian Cloud roadmap. You can’t develop a good migration strategy — or know whether or not waiting is a good idea — without doing this assessment.

Don’t focus exclusively on technology and neglect people.

The migration to Atlassian Cloud will have broad-ranging impacts throughout the organization, on junior developers and senior executives. As a result, their input should be incorporated into the migration strategy and organizations should ensure buy-in from all stakeholders on the ultimate migration strategy. Relatedly, organizations shouldn’t overlook the importance of training, because the new user experience will be different and users need a way to get up to speed quickly.

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