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Software Assurance Planning Services

Get planning assistance from qualified partners or Microsoft Consulting Services to help you plan your deployment—whether on-premises, in the cloud, or in hybrid environments. Structured engagements help guide you through implementation planning for many Microsoft products and services. Get answers to frequently asked questions about Planning Services.

  • Help ensure efficient deployments through collaborative planning built on best practices.
  • Extend your IT staff with expert advice from on-site deployment planning specialists.

Download the Software Assurance Planning Services overview (PDF, 293 KB)

Managing Software Assurance benefits through the Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) may require fewer steps than shown in this description. Learn more about managing Software Assurance benefits through the MPSA.

How it works

Your Planning Services days are based on the type and number of licenses you have with Software Assurance. Work with your Microsoft Partner or Microsoft Consulting Services to identify the right option for your needs.

Planning Services offerings

Your Planning Services partner can work with you to understand your priorities and help you choose from the following offerings:

  • DDPS helps you plan a successful deployment of Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus, Office Professional Plus, and the Windows operating system—providing analysis, planning, and technical guidance. Discover the best approach for deploying Office and Windows together across your organization. If you plan on moving to the cloud, evaluate the core Office 365 service features within your own environment and address key considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment. Take the next step with Microsoft’s mobility productivity solutions and discover how activating Office applications on employees’ mobile devices will deliver productivity benefits to your business.

    Available engagements

    • Office 365 FastTrack Planning
    • Windows and Office Enterprise Proof of Concept
    • Windows and Office Deployment Planning
    • Mobile Productivity Deployment Planning
    • Windows Enterprise Mobility Proof of Concept

    Learn more about DDPS (PDF, 283 KB)
  • DTDPS provides rigorous analysis and a process-focused approach to developing a Microsoft Visual Studio custom deployment plan. DTDPS can help lower the perceived risk and cost of deployment.

    Available engagements

    • Team Foundation Server Deployment Planning Assessment
    • Visual Studio Agile Deployment Assessment
    • Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Assessment
    • Visual Studio DevOps Deployment Assessment

  • DYDPS provides in-depth assessment and planning to help you implement or upgrade Microsoft Dynamics CRM, implement or upgrade Microsoft Dynamics AX, or assess the path to migrate your CRM or ERP solution to the Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Service solutions. Engagements can help you review your business processes and understand what it will take to implement a Microsoft Dynamics solution that meets your specific consideration. During the engagement, Microsoft Partners or Microsoft Consulting Services can help identify the most suitable implementation path, create a custom plan, and deliver a proof-of-concept (depending on the engagement) to help you assess the solution’s benefits. Engage with experts to realize more value from your IT investment and streamline your implementations.

    Available engagements

    • Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX
    • Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics AX
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX Cloud Assessment
    • Implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    • Upgrading Microsoft Dynamics CRM
    • Migrating to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online

    Microsoft Dynamics CRM Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 311 KB)
    Microsoft Dynamics AX Planning Services Datasheet (PDF, 385 KB)
  • S&EDPS can help your organization evaluate and plan your Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Skype for Business implementation, whether it is on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment. Evaluate Skype for Business Online and Exchange Online through the Office 365 FastTrack Planning Services engagements that show you the core Office 365 service features within your own environment and address considerations for adopting a cloud-ready environment. Plan your upgrade to Exchange Server or Skype for Business Server and help ensure a smooth deployment by working with a partner to develop an end-to-end deployment plan. You can also assess your network’s capability to deploy Skype for Business. Evaluate Microsoft’s latest security and encryption features by focusing on Exchange Online Protection and Data Loss Prevention to help ensure your sensitive email and data are secure with Microsoft cloud-based protection services.

    Available engagements

    • Office 365 FastTrack Planning
    • Skype for Business Deployment Planning
    • Exchange Deployment Planning

  • PVDPS provides the fundamental analysis, business case, process, and technical procedures that you need to optimize your datacenter. Take advantage of infrastructure solutions based on Windows Server, System Center, and Hyper-V, and help reduce datacenter costs, increase business agility, and provide improved control over your physical, virtual, and hybrid infrastructure.

    Available engagements

    • Upgrading to Windows Server
    • Migrating to Windows Server Hyper-V from VMware
    • Accelerating Virtualization and Management Deployment

    Learn more about PVDPS (PDF, 393 KB)
  • AZDPS helps you understand what Microsoft Azure can do for your business and identify projects that are best suited for this public cloud offering. Assess web and line-of-business applications, and extend your on-premises applications to the public cloud to help reduce IT complexity and costs.

    Available engagements

    • Activating Microsoft Azure Storage
    • Migrate Applications to Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services
    • Implementing Develop & Test Scenarios with Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
    • Enterprise Mobility + Security Identity and Access Management
    • Enterprise Mobility + Security Identity Driven Security
    • Enterprise Mobility + Security Information Protection
    • Enterprise Mobility + Security Managed Mobile Productivity
    • Implementing Operations Management Suite

    Learn more about AZDPS (PDF, 374 KB)
  • SDPS helps you develop customized deployment plans for your specific environment and assess the overall impact of implementing a SharePoint and/or SharePoint Online solution. Evaluate SharePoint Online through the Office 365 FastTrack Planning Services engagements, which show you the core Office 365 service features within your own environment and address considerations and requirements for adopting a cloud-ready desktop environment. Evaluate several SharePoint capabilities, like features for IT professionals and business users, SharePoint search, business intelligence, applications, information architecture, topology planning, and migration planning. Evaluate your options to deploy Project Online or Project Server across your organization through an envisioning and deployment planning workshop.

    Available engagements

    • Office 365 FastTrack Planning Services
    • SharePoint Deployment Planning
    • Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) Solution Planning

    Learn more about SDPS (PDF, 276 KB)
  • SSDPS provides in-depth assessment and planning for deploying, upgrading, or migrating to SQL Server. Engagements can help you review architectural and business considerations and create a detailed implementation plan.

    Available engagements

    • SQL Server Upgrade Planning
    • SQL Server Business Intelligence Solution Deployment Planning
    • Planning a Migration to SQL Server from Oracle

    Learn more about SSDPS (PDF, 338 KB)

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