Software Assurance Planning Services
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Introducing the new Windows and Office Enterprise POC
8/05/2015

Desktop Deployment Planning Services employs Microsoft best practices and materials to help lower the risks and costs of planning for your next Windows and Office product deployment. As of August 2015, customers are able to begin investigating how to move to Windows 10 and Office 2016. The Windows and Office Enterprise POC helps partners assist their customers to experience a modern enterprise desktop experience and develop a roadmap for deployment.


The Windows and Office Enterprise POC is optimized for a 5-day planning engagement or can be leveraged as a foundation to deliver a broader, customized engagement. Engagement guidance, resources and deliverables for the 5-day engagement can be found here. While the POC was originally designed for 5-day engagements, partners may use this engagement for 1, 3, 10, or 15-day engagements per their customer’s requirements. The shorter engagements allow for targeted sessions, whereas the longer engagements provide an opportunity to go into more depth into customer specific pain points and Office 2016 deployment considerations.
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8/05/2015
New Office 365 FastTrack Planning Services engagement options are now available
8/05/2015

Help your customers plan to deploy Office 365 using Office 365 FastTrack engagement options.


Earlier this year, at Worldwide Partner Conference, we were happy to announce the launch of new Office 365 FastTrack Planning Services engagement options. These engagements replace the 3-day Office 365 Pilot, and allow you to work with your customer to create a detailed plan to deploy Office 365 through the FastTrack getting started process.


The new Office 365 FastTrack Planning engagements are available in either a 3-day strategy envisioning session, or an in-depth 10-day enablement and assessment planning engagement. Both options allow you to work with your customers to define the smoothest and most efficient path for deploying Office 365 by creating a detailed deployment plan, preparing a remediation checklist, responding to business and technical objections of deploying the service, and preparing for Microsoft Core Onboarding. The 10-day option will cover all of the 3-day activities as well as allow you to work through complex technical environments while planning for advanced, hybrid deployment scenarios.


Important: All future Planning Services engagements for Office 365 must leverage the updated content and delivery guides available on the Office 365 FastTrack Planning engagement page. If you reserved a voucher to deliver an Office 365 engagement but have not yet delivered it to the customer, please ensure you use the updated engagement materials as the previous Office 365 Pilot materials are no longer supported. All partners who deliver an Office 365 FastTrack engagement must be a certified Cloud Deployment Partner and be able to log in to the FastTrack Portal.

 
For questions notanswered in the Partner Portal, please contact O365fasttracksupport@microsoft.com.  

Program policies: learn how voucher stacking will result in denial of payment
8/05/2015

Familiarize yourself with program policy and review your Planning Services legal agreement.

 

Brush up on program policies and review your Planning Services legal agreement. In this post, we discuss an important issue, and a common misconception, regarding conducting multiple engagements (per engagement type) for a single customer. We call this “voucher stacking”.

 

It’s essential that Planning Services partners understand and operate in accordance with the Software Assurance Planning Services program agreement and policies. Program policies are outlined in our Provider Agreement, in our FAQs, in our Policies deck and associated pages.

 

The maximum length available for a Planning Services engagement is 15 days per customer, however each engagement has specific duration limits depending on offering and/or product type. Program policy states, “Engagement durations should not exceed advertised maximum service level durations.” It is also stated that you may not combine multiple engagement types for a customer, unless: 1) The engagements address different divisions or associated legal entities, or 2) the engagements address different products and therefore produce unique deliverables.

 

Visit the Planning Services policies page:

  • Brush up on the terms and conditions required with your participation in the program.
  • Watch the Planning Services Policies training video.
  • Download the Planning Services Policies supplemental PowerPoint presentation.
  • Review important reminders.

We're making it easier to identify engagements by product or solution
8/05/2015

Explore by product or solution and easily find available engagements.

 

We refreshed the explore by product or solutions pages on the Planning Services Partner Portal using a clean, orderly, table approach. Product/solution, offering, and available engagement information can now be more easily identified. Also – product/solution categories and navigation nomenclature have been updated to align with Microsoft Partner Network pages.