8 tips for a smooth migration to the Atlassian Cloud

Many are already familiar with the fact that Atlassian terminated the sale of its on-premise licenses starting February 2021. This means that if you are enjoying any hosted Atlassian tools, you might have to switch to the cloud soon.

However, despite the size of your organization, the migration process to the Atlassian Cloud can seem very complicated and even scary in some cases. Yet, with a proper strategy, plan, and assessment, your migration to the Cloud will be stress-free and without any disruptions to your operations.

As an Authorized Atlassian Enterprise Gold Solution Partner, our certified experts gained knowledge and insights on what you need to consider and prepare for before initiating the migration process and how to take advantage of it.

Here are some top tips from our experts that you need to pay attention to when migrating to the Atlassian Cloud:

1. Check Data Storage Legal Issues

The first thing you need to do is check for any legal issues that you might have related to the data storage on Atlassian Cloud. It is very important to tackle and solve all of these issues before you start planning the migration process. This will allow you to be certain that you are able to switch to the Cloud before you start any preparation activities.

2. Inform users about the upcoming migration

Since Atlassian tools are mostly used on a daily basis, it is of most importance to inform all users about the upcoming migration and to properly prepare them for the upcoming changes. You need to inform all stakeholders and users that a migration to the cloud is being planned and what to expect from this process. This will give them time to get used to the idea and prepare for the upcoming changes. Additionally, this will also prepare them in terms of the UAT part.

3. Assessing your Atlassian product’s availability on the cloud

It is recommended to devote some time assessing all of the apps you use on top of the Atlassian products and check for their availability on the cloud. If some add-on is not available, you need to check and plan for other options.

4. Determine user authentication

When it comes to users’ authentication, you need to determine the desired user authentication for the Cloud. If SSO (single-sign-on) is needed, set the cloud site accordingly.

5. Plan user migration

One of the things you need to pay attention to is to determine how you will migrate the users and confirm the user migration path

6. Select the correct migration method

You need to make sure you choose the correct migration method based on the products you are migrating and whether you already have something on the cloud site.

7. Don’t forget the test migration run

When migrating to the Cloud, it is important to have at least one test migration run after which a UAT will follow.

8. Track all changes

Migrating to the cloud is a process, therefore it is beneficial to have one place for tracking all relevant information. Additionally, prepare a step-by-step run book for your test and production migration.

As you already know, planning is key to successfully migrating to the Cloud. If you want to hear more on how to make this process streamlined, cost-effective, and less time-consuming, join us at during the Atlassian Cloud Workshop: How to prepare for a successful Cloud Migration.