Software Assurance Planning Services
News and events
Planning Services policies: stay up-to-date
3/7/2014
To prevent project delays and possible denial of payment, it is important that all Planning Services partners understand the Software Assurance Planning Services program policies. Visit the Planning....readmore
New Planning Services engagement for existing Microsoft Dynamics customers
3/6/2014
The Microsoft Dynamics team recently launched a net new Planning Services engagement under the SSDPS offering.  Qualified SSDPS partners can now work with existing Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers to ....readmore
New 90-day trial option for Office 365 FastTrack Pilot deliveries!
2/2/2014
​When provisioning an Office 365 FastTrack Pilot, you now get default 250 seats of E3, and it’s good for 90 days! Learn more…....readmore
DDPS offers new Windows 8.1 planning guidance
12/6/2013
DDPS content for Windows 8 has been updated to reflect enhancements introduced with the release of Windows 8.1.  New engagement materials now include image engineering, management, and deployment upda....readmore
DTDPS offers new Visual Studio Agile engagement
12/6/2013
The Microsoft Developer Tools team has added a new engagement to Planning Services under the DTDPS offering.  Qualified partners can work with Microsoft Developer Tools customers to create Visual Stud....readmore
DTDPS refreshes Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio engagements
12/6/2013
The Microsoft Developer Tools team has updated the existing Team Foundation Server Deployment Assessment and Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Assessment engagements, adding new guidance and mate....readmore
DTDPS Visual SourceSafe Migration Assessment engagement retires
12/6/2013
​The Microsoft Developer Tools team has updated the existing Team Foundation Server Deployment Assessment and Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Assessment engagements, adding new guidance and mat....readmore
SSDPS offers new Microsoft Dynamics CRM engagement
12/6/2013
The Microsoft Dynamics team has added a new engagement to Planning Services under the SSDPS offering.  Qualified partners can now work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers to create custom implementa....readmore
New DTDPS engagement! Visual Studio Agile Deployment Assessment
11/8/2013
​Help your customer in developing an effective strategy for adopting or improving agility. This three-day engagement involves a targeted agile assessment, leveraging the ALM Assessment tool, that idea....readmore
Coming November! - New and refreshed DTDPS engagement options | Visual SourceSafe Migration Assessment retiring
10/1/2013
The Microsoft Developer Tools team is adding a new engagement to Planning Services under the DTDPS offering. Qualified partners can work with Microsoft Developer Tools customers to create Visual Studi....readmore
New SSDPS engagement! Implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM
10/1/2013
​The Microsoft Dynamics team has added a new engagement to Planning Services under the SSDPS offering.  Qualified partners can now work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers to create custom implem....readmore
Coming soon! (SSDPS) Implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM
9/3/2013
The Microsoft Dynamics team is adding a new engagement to Planning Services under the SSDPS offering. Qualified partners can work with Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers to create custom implementatio....readmore
Engagement update: (SSDPS) Deploying SQL Server Business Intelligence
9/3/2013
Currently Planning Services is allowing BI Deployment Planning for SQL Server 2012 in 3,5,10 day engagements as well as SQL Server 2008 R2.  Learn more here​​​....readmore
Explore engagements by product and solution
9/3/2013
​Use the new index to quickly find engagements that support specific products and solutions you are interested in. Explore using the All products and solutions page today!   ​ ​....readmore
New on-demand training webcasts for partners
9/3/2013
​Planning Services has several new training resources for partners!   First, a two-part training webcast series to help your team better understand what Planning Services are and how to enroll, and th....readmore
New Planning Services engagements (AZDPS, PVDPS, SDPS)
9/3/2013
​AZDPS: Implementing Develop & Test Scenarios on Windows Azure Virtual Machines Help your customers implement a scalable, more secure and cost-effective development and test environment with Wind....readmore
New Engagements for Private Cloud and Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services!
7/1/2013
Enable your customers in eight new engagements to deploy System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, Windows Azure, and Team Foundation 2012.   Planning Services Offering ​​Planning....readmore
Watch the new Planning Services partner training videos
6/30/2013
The purpose of this 2-part Planning Services Partner Training video series is to provide Microsoft partners who are enrolled in the Software Assurance (SA) Planning Services program, or who are consid....readmore
New Office 365 FastTrack Pilot designed to help you accelerate Cloud adoption
6/9/2013
Is your customer looking at Office 365?  Utilize the new Office 365 FastTrack Pilot now! The three step Office 365 FastTrack approach is the Microsoft preferred deployment methodology for Office ....readmore
Planning Services Portal is available in five new languages
3/22/2013
​The SA Planning Services Partner Portal is now available in five new languages! Simplified Chinese French Japanese Brazilian Portuguese Latam Spanish You can access the new sub-sites by selec....readmore
ACTION REQUIRED: AZDPS, DTDPS, PVDPS and SSDPS Partners Must Re-enroll in Planning Services on the Microsoft Partner Network by April 1, 2013
2/12/2013
The partner enrollment process for AZDPS, DTDPS, PVDPS and SSDPS has moved to the MPN platform.  If your organization delivers any of these offering, you must enroll on the Microsoft Partner Network (....readmore
Get ready to activate Windows Azure storage with AZDPS
2/12/2013
​A new engagement to help customers activate Windows Azure storage with their ISV solution The new Activating Windows Azure Storage engagement will provide you with resources to help customers utiliz....readmore
New delivery materials now available for ‘Upgrading to Windows Server 2012’ engagements!
2/12/2013
​Help your customers upgrade to Windows Server 2012 — an important first step in transforming their IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.  Demonstrate the adva....readmore
Planning Services Offerings Updated to Reflect Availability of New Office 2013
2/12/2013
Incorporate new engagements into your Planning Services offerings.DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS offerings  are now available to support Office 2013, reflecting updated planning engagements for Office 201....readmore
L&EDPS and SDPS Program content Updates to Support New Releases
12/1/2012
​Planning Services Content Updates planned to reflect newest product releases. L&EDPS:  Updated planning and template materials are being finalized and should be available for Lync 2013 and Excha....readmore
Microsoft Competency Changes
12/1/2012
​Make sure to keep in-the-know on your Microsoft competencies! With many products releasing this year it’s important to keep up on the latest technology. The Microsoft Partner Network Competency Road....readmore
Two New PoCs Coming Soon
12/1/2012
​​Deliver the new Windows 8 and Office 365 ProPlus PoCs.Desktop Deployment Planning Services is now offering two new Proof of Concept (PoC) engagements:   The Office 365 ProPlus PoC Engagement is a ....readmore
Updated DTDPS Partner Materials for TFS 2012 Deployment Planning Services
12/1/2012
​Make sure you're using the 2012 materials when delivering TFS Deployment Planning Service engagements.   The Developer Tools Deployment Planning Services (DTDPS) materials for the Team Foundation Ser....readmore
Enrollment for AZDPS, DTDPS, PVDPS and SSDPS is transitioning to the Microsoft Partner Network, January 1, 2013
11/25/2012
The Planning Services partner enrollment process for AZDPS, DTDPS, PVDPS and SSDPS is moving to the MPN platform on January 1, 2013. By consolidating Planning Services enrollment with the MPN experien....readmore
Planning Services Re-enrollment Deadline (for DDPS, L&EDPS, and SDPS) Extended to September 30, 2012
9/11/2012
The Planning Services partner enrollment process for Software Assurance Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS), Lync and Exchange Deployment Planning Services (L&EDPS), and SharePoint Deploym....readmore
ACTION REQUIRED: DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS Partners must Re-enroll into Planning Services on Microsoft Partner Network by End of August 2012
7/16/2012
Partner Enrollment Now Open for DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS Now Through Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Important: All DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS partners are required to re-enroll in Planning Service....readmore
Any 2+ System Center 2012 components in PVDPS "Management & Virtualization" offering
5/29/2012
Now through PVDPS you can plan to deploy any 2+ components of System Center 2012!  Given customer and partner demand, the "Management & Virtualization" offering in PVDPS can now be used ....readmore
You're pre-qualified to be a SQL Server Deployment Planning Services (SSDPS) provider!
5/25/2012
​With your organization’s Microsoft Gold Competency in Business Intelligence and/or Data Platform, you’re already qualified to provide Microsoft-sponsored structured consulting engagements and build c....readmore
DDPS, PVDPS, and SDPS Eligibility Requirements Changing – Learn More
4/26/2012
Starting May 2012, eligibility for delivering DDPS and SDPS engagements will change to Microsoft competencies. Please make sure you have the required competencies by May 2012 so you can continue to re....readmore
DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS Enrollment Changes
4/26/2012
DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS Moving to Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) Online Enrollment Tool DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS partner enrollment is transitioning to the Microsoft Partner Network membership ....readmore
Two New Engagements Available to DDPS, L&EDPS, and SDPS Partners
4/26/2012
Get help accelerating Office 365 sales and deployment by taking advantage of two new engagements, funded through Software Assurance benefits or Windows Accelerate (Jumpstart):   1.     Office 365 Pr....readmore
Introducing the Office Compatibility Proof of Concept
12/18/2011
Introducing the Office Compatibility Proof of Concept: Looking for help with customers reluctant to deploy Office 2010 because of concerns around application migration and compatibility? Now ther....readmore
DDPS and SDPS eligibility requirements change to Microsoft competencies (May 2012)
12/15/2011
​Starting May 2012, eligibility for delivering DDPS and SDPS engagements will change to Microsoft competencies. Please make sure you have the required competencies by May 2012 so you can continue to r....readmore
UPDATED: Enrollment for DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS transitioning to the Microsoft Partner Network (July 2012)
12/15/2011
​All existing DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS partners will need to enroll in new online tool.   DDPS, SDPS, and L&EDPS partner enrollment is transitioning to the Microsoft Partner Network membershi....readmore
MPN Unified Communications Competency Splitting This Month
10/4/2011
​This October the MPN Unified Communications competency will split into a Messaging competency focused on Microsoft Exchange, and a Communications competency focused on Microsoft Lync. If you are pres....readmore
Four New SA Planning Services Now Available
10/1/2011
​The new Software Assurance (SA) Planning Services that were announced at WPC in July are now available for customers via the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (VLSC).  As a Planning Services partner,....readmore
Support Discovery Pack Sales with Windows Azure Deployment Planning Services
10/1/2011
Windows Azure has joined Software Assurance Planning Services with new 3, 5, and 10 day AZDPS 'Public Cloud Jumpstart' engagements. Delivered by Azure Circle Partners, these structured consulting enga....readmore
EDPS Renamed to L&EDPS
9/30/2011
​As you may know, the Exchange Deployment Planning Services (EDPS) program has always supported pre-deployment offerings for both Exchange and Lync or Office Communications Server.  The new official t....readmore
Office 365 Migration Guidance Now Available via Planning Services
6/15/2011
​With the release of Office 365, Planning Services is evolving to better support a customer’s deployment planning needs whether on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid environment. Desktop (Office and Wi....readmore
New Partner Portal Launched!
6/14/2011
​To improve your partner experience, we have consolidated all of the Software Assurance (SA) Planning Services offerings under a single website, with a consistent navigation and content structure, so ....readmore
SDPS Certification Requirement Update - NEW EXAM!
4/13/2011
Exam 70-667: Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 has replaced Exam 70-630 as the required certification to Deliver SDPS engagements.   This new exam prepares consultants to deliver planning engage....readmore
DDPS Certification Requirement Update - NEW EXAM!
4/12/2011
Exam 70-681: Deploying Windows 7 and Office 2010 has replaced Exam 70-635 as the required certification to Deliver DDPS engagements. This new exam prepares consultants to deliver Planning engagements ....readmore
EDPS Deployment Scenarios Covered in BPOS Module
4/11/2011
Migration to online: BPOS supports migration scenarios from Exchange Server 2003 and from competitive platforms (from online: Google Apps, or from on-prem: Notes) Hybrid deployment: Understand how to....readmore
Announcing the DDPS Jumpstart PoC Service Desk
4/9/2011
The Desktop Deployment Planning Services team is excited to unveil the new DDPS Jumpstart PoC Service Desk! The Service Desk is designed to help partners and customers with efforts to drive Jumpstart ....readmore


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