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BigGantt: Migration Evaluation

September 13, 2021
<p>Ever since Atlassian announced that they will be ending Server support by February 2, 2024, more and more companies are considering to shift from Jira Server to Jira Cloud. While migrating Jira data between environments is straight-forward, it can be challenging to migrate add-on data to the Cloud.</p> <p>In this post of our Top 10 Apps Evaluated series, we discuss the migration journey for <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1213016/biggantt-gantt-chart-for-jira?hosting=cloud&amp;tab=overview" target="_blank">BigGantt – Gantt Chart for Jira</a> developed by SoftwarePlant. </p> <p><meta charset="utf-8">To learn more about the series, take a look at our introductory post: <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="/blog/jira-app-migration-getting-ready-for-the-cloud" data-type="URL" data-id="/blog/jira-app-migration-getting-ready-for-the-cloud" target="_blank">Jira App Migration: Top 10 Apps Evaluated</a>.</p> <hr class="wp-block-separator"> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <div class="wp-block-columns are-vertically-aligned-center"> <div class="wp-block-column is-vertically-aligned-center" style="flex-basis:33.33%"> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1280px-BigGantt_logo_2019.svg-1024x165.png" alt="" class="wp-image-818" width="269" height="43" srcset="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1280px-BigGantt_logo_2019.svg-1024x165.png 1024w, https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1280px-BigGantt_logo_2019.svg-300x48.png 300w, https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1280px-BigGantt_logo_2019.svg-768x124.png 768w, https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/1280px-BigGantt_logo_2019.svg.png 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 269px) 100vw, 269px"></figure></div> </div> <div class="wp-block-column is-vertically-aligned-center" style="flex-basis:66.66%"> <p>Transferring BigGantt data from Server to Cloud is difficult. There are some feature discrepancies between environments, migrating is an entirely manual process, and there is little documentation available to support your migration. </p> <p>Proceed on your own with caution.</p> </div> </div> <figure class="wp-block-table is-style-h3-table"><table class="has-fixed-layout"><tbody><tr><td><strong>Feature Compatibility</strong></td><td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center"><img loading="lazy" width="264" height="83" class="wp-image-567" style="width: 150px" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/feature-compatibility-partial.png" alt="Partial"></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Migration Complexity</strong></td><td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center"><img loading="lazy" width="263" height="82" class="wp-image-571" style="width: 150px" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/migration-complexity-difficult.png" alt="Difficult"></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Migration Method</strong></td><td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center"><img loading="lazy" width="264" height="83" class="wp-image-574" style="width: 150px" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/migration-method-manual.png" alt="Manual"></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Migration Support Available</strong></td><td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center"><img loading="lazy" width="263" height="83" class="wp-image-577" style="width: 150px" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/migration-support-available-insufficient.png" alt="Insufficient"></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Supported Jira Migration Methods</strong></td><td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center"><img loading="lazy" width="264" height="82" class="wp-image-580" style="width: 150px" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/supported-jira-migration-methods-na.png" alt="N/A"></td></tr></tbody></table></figure> <hr class="wp-block-separator"> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <h3>Feature Compatibility</h3> <div class="wp-block-columns"> <div class="wp-block-column" style="flex-basis:66.66%"> <p>Since the fundamental architecture of Jira Server is different from Jira Cloud, there are certain limitations to the features available on Cloud. Some of the key missing features on BigGantt Cloud include:</p> <ul><li>Dashboard gadgets</li><li>Creating Jira sub-tasks in your gantt chart</li><li>JQL hints when you type in Quick filters or Search box</li></ul> </div> <div class="wp-block-column is-vertically-aligned-center" style="flex-basis:33.33%"> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="96" height="96" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icons8-comparing-96.png" alt="" class="wp-image-590"></figure></div> </div> </div> <p>For a complete list of missing functionality in Jira Cloud, refer to BigGantt’s&nbsp;<a href="https://wiki.softwareplant.com/biggantt/8.0/getting-started/cloud-vs-server-key-differences-between-platforms">Server and Cloud feature comparison</a>.</p> <p>In order to decrease the feature discrepancies that exist between both environments, SoftwarePlant continues to develop more features and bring increased functionality to BigGantt Cloud.</p> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <h3>Migration Method and Complexity</h3> <div class="wp-block-columns"> <div class="wp-block-column is-vertically-aligned-center" style="flex-basis:33.33%"> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="96" height="96" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icons8-hard-to-find-96.png" alt="" class="wp-image-591"></figure></div> </div> <div class="wp-block-column" style="flex-basis:66.66%"> <p>Currently, migrating with a full site import or the Jira Cloud Migration Assistant (JCMA) are not compatible methods of transferring BigGantt data from Server to Cloud.</p> <p>At this time, you have to manually input all of your BigGantt data from Server into your Jira Cloud instance.</p> </div> </div> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <h3>Migration Support Available</h3> <div class="wp-block-columns"> <div class="wp-block-column" style="flex-basis:66.66%"> <p>Even though there are no supported Jira migration methods, BigGantt provides some insight on the migration tools they are developing to provide customers with a smooth migration experience to the Cloud in the future. You can read more about it on <a href="https://wiki.softwareplant.com/doc/all/faqs/server-to-cloud-migration" data-type="URL" data-id="https://wiki.softwareplant.com/doc/all/faqs/server-to-cloud-migration" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">SoftwarePlant’s Server to Cloud Migration article.</a></p> </div> <div class="wp-block-column is-vertically-aligned-center" style="flex-basis:33.33%"> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="96" height="96" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icons8-service-96.png" alt="" class="wp-image-592"></figure></div> </div> </div> <p>If you have any questions specific to your migration, you can always contact SoftwarePlant by submitting a <a href="https://jira.softwareplant.com/servicedesk/customer/portal/1/user/login?destination=portal%2F1" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">support ticket</a>.</p> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <h2>Possible Challenges</h2> <div class="wp-block-columns"> <div class="wp-block-column is-vertically-aligned-center" style="flex-basis:33.33%"> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="aligncenter size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="96" height="96" src="https://wordpress.highwaythreesolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/icons8-warning-shield-96.png" alt="" class="wp-image-593"></figure></div> </div> <div class="wp-block-column" style="flex-basis:66.66%"> <p>Migrating BigGantt data is time consuming and entirely manual.</p> <p>The lack of feature parity between the server and cloud versions may be problematic for some teams. We recommend you review the differences closely to determine how this impacts your team so that you can adjust your processes and expectations accordingly.</p> </div> </div> <p>We are here for you! Do not hesitate to contact us when you need help with your Jira migration.</p> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <div class="wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button is-style-h3-cta-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link" href="https://www.highwaythreesolutions.com/contact" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Need Help Migrating BigGantt to Cloud? Contact us!</a></div> </div> <div style="height:64px" aria-hidden="true" class="wp-block-spacer"></div> <p><strong>Resources:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://highwaythree.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/AE/pages/1498710024" target="_blank"></a><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="/blog/jira-app-migration-getting-ready-for-the-cloud" target="_blank">Highway Three Top 10 Apps Evaluated series</a></strong></li><li><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://marketplace.atlassian.com/apps/1213016/biggantt-gantt-chart-for-jira?hosting=cloud&amp;tab=overview" target="_blank">BigGantt – Gantt Chart for Jira App</a></strong></li><li><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://wiki.softwareplant.com/biggantt/8.0/getting-started/cloud-vs-server-key-differences-between-platforms" target="_blank">Big Gantt Server and Cloud feature comparison</a></strong></li><li><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://wiki.softwareplant.com/doc/all/faqs/server-to-cloud-migration" target="_blank">SoftwarePlant Server to Cloud Migration article</a></strong></li><li><strong><a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://jira.softwareplant.com/servicedesk/customer/portal/1/user/login?destination=portal%2F1" target="_blank">SoftwarePlant Support</a></strong></li></ul>