The Many Roles of Jira - From Migration to Synchronization and Beyond

Introduction

Workflow automation. I'm sure you've heard these two words a lot lately. In short, it's a way to automate and streamline digitally created workflows often comprised of unstructured tasks involving people, processes, and content. With the rise of digital transformation we see more and more companies looking for ways to automate their work process.

These days workflow automation is used in all aspects of business - from accounting and billing, to ecommerce, marketing and cloud computing. Pretty much any assignment created within a software environment can be automated.

And this is what Cloudpipes does. Our integration software tool syncs currently syncs over 200 apps (and that's not including bespoke integrations), and automates workflows by executing tasks between applications based on various conditions and data queries.

Why Jira

Jira is arguably one of the most popular project management apps out there. It's a personal favorite of ours. A lot of our customers ask for various integrations that incorporate Jira. This is why we recently dedicated a series of articles to the Atlassian product. It provides powerful bug and issue tracking, and project management functionalities among other things. It syncs well with other apps, and thanks to Cloudpipes and can pull out information in seconds.

Supercharge Jira With Cloudpipes

A popular usage for Jira that we've seen so far is with Smartsheet. The collaboration and work management tool offers a great flexibility, and syncs nicely with Jira’s project management options. We've already explored both one-directional and bi-directional integrations between Smartsheet and Jira, and we saw how easily Cloudpipes can handle row updates from Jira issues.

Another aspect of the Jira integration we looked into was migrating and synchronizing between multiple instances. If anything, the Atlassian forum indicates that people are very much in need of a solution that lets them either sync between two or more Jira instances, or migrate from a legacy platform to Jira. Both cases are possible, but as we found out they both require tremendous amount of time and resources, and in many cases third party apps. Cloudpipes manages to provide an easily deployable turnaround that does not require additional coding and preconfiguration.

But what if you have all your database on TFS? Migrating from TFS to Jira is indeed a daunting task few are willing to undertake unless there's no other way. We feel your pain. That's why in February we discussed how to tackle this problem by using Cloudpipes' built-in migration functionality. This option allows you to select the scale of the migration - individual projects or a subset of tickets. We briefly demonstrated how to quickly set up and execute such migration, and explained the benefits of using Cloudpipes for the purpose.

Salesforce is another tool that many businesses use, and one that has been always on our mind. Salesforce and Jira is always a popular integration, making much sense especially when looking for user provisioning. To illustrate this we showed how to easily create Jira issues from Salesforce object. This scenario could be both applied to HR and project management.

In our most recent article, we continued to explore the implementation of Cloudpipes for project management. We run a basic scenario with Jira and Teamwork, to once again showcase the practicality of automating your workflow. In this case we showed how a Jira update triggers a Teamwork contact look-up.

Conclusion

Jira has many purposes, and can fit into many roles within a company. We showed some of those roles with simple examples that demonstrated different facets of the Jira software. Cloudpipes gives you unprecedented freedom when building your Jira workflow with it's powerful visual editor and complex logical conditions. The only limitation is your imagination.

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