The recent announcement that Atlassian will "end-of-life" their Server deployments (not Data Center) over the next 3 years has been met with generally positive reviews. There are, of course, some who will tell you this is a bad move and that Atlassian is making a mistake...I am not one of those people.
It's important to note that Atlassian was founded in 2002 with the launch of their flagship products, Jira and Confluence. Nearly 20 years later, those are still their flagship products! In an era where technology moves so fast and products come and go, the single reason those products have lasted the test of time is innovation. This announcement solidifies Atlassian's investment in innovation. Sure, they could have continued to milk the Server market and that revenue stream. I'm sure there would have been some short-term gains with that strategy, but the true cost would have been innovation and the investment in the future of Atlassian tools. Atlassian can now focus their time, resources, and capital on a much more focused product roadmap that is tightly aligned with how businesses expect their software to work in 2020 and beyond.
Isos works with many organizations of all sizes, including some of the largest Atlassian customers. They all have one thing in common...they want to invest in tools that will mature and continue to evolve as their businesses evolve. So as a guy who started with the Atlassian tools in the early 2000's and did complete the "Dragon Slayer" challenge, I'm a bit sad to see Server go. However, as somebody who still believes the Atlassian tools are second to none and are as relevant today as they were 20 years ago, I applaud this decision from Atlassian.
I know this announcement is a shock to many Server customers, but I do credit Atlassian for giving those customers three years to plan for a migration to either Cloud or Data Center. For years, we have been helping our clients make the transition off of Server, as the features of both Cloud and Data Center are too compelling to ignore. If you want to have a conversation about this change and want to understand your options, please reach out. Let's chat!