Don’t Miss Out: June 30th is the Last Day to Use SA Planning Vouchers
If you currently have a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement, you may be aware of the many Planning Services that have been available as part of the Software Assurance Benefits to help you get the most from your Microsoft investment. These Planning Services, such as Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS), were designed to save you both time and money by correctly using the right tools and resources, as well as having access to the support you need to experience the full power of your Microsoft technologies.
What you may not know is that Microsoft has been slowly retiring Planning Services over the last year. The phased approach to the retirement of Planning Services began with Cloud Engagement and training vouchers which were both retired in February of 2020. Early this year, the third stage of the retirement plan was actioned meaning that customers were no longer able to accrue Planning Services benefits.
The next stage of the Planning Services retirement will be coming into play at the end of this month and as of July 1st, 2021 all remaining Planning Services days will be removed from customers. This means that June 30th, 2021 is the final day for customers to create and assign their existing Planning Services vouchers. So, if you have Planning Services vouchers that you still need to use, be sure to assign them before the end of this month so you don’t miss out!
If you aren’t sure exactly how to use your vouchers or what you can put them towards, then this article will answer all your questions! We will be walking through exactly how to use your Planning Services vouchers so you don’t miss out on the benefits they offer when they enter into the next phase of retirement in the coming weeks.
How to Use Microsoft’s Software Assurance Planning Services Vouchers
If your organization has a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement then you may be eligible to redeem Microsoft Planning Services vouchers as part of Microsoft’s Software Assurance benefits that you can use towards working with a Microsoft Partner to get more from your Microsoft technologies.
Microsoft’s Software Assurance benefits are in place to support your organization to help you achieve long-term success, stay up to date, and be agile in the face of challenges or opportunities. They cover the majority of Microsoft software including, but not limited to, Azure, Microsoft Office and Microsoft 365. This means that no matter which Microsoft technology you use within your organization it’s likely that you are entitled to support that will help you to get more from your investment and experience the full set of benefits that the technology has to offer.
You can use your valid Planning Services vouchers in a number of different ways. The most important thing is that you are meeting the individual needs and goals of your organization. Software Assurance Planning Services vouchers can be used to work with a Microsoft Partner to support the deployment of new technology, continuous management of a Microsoft product, or even to discover how to better use your existing technologies to improve the productivity of your users and ROI of different software.
Claiming your vouchers is simple – all you need to do is provide your voucher number, company email address, and voucher expiration date when starting a new project or engagement with a Microsoft Partner and they will be able to do the rest. Once you have received a voucher, you have 180 days to use it before it expires.
With the upcoming change to Planning Services, June 30th, 2021 will be your final day to create and assign Software Assurance Planning Services vouchers, so act soon so you don’t let yours go to waste!
Use Microsoft’s Software Assurance Planning Services Vouchers with Steeves and Associates
Steeves and Associates provides a number of services that are covered by Software Assurance Planning Services Vouchers, so if you have some that you would like to use before they are retired at the end of June, don’t let them go to waste!
As a Microsoft Partner, Steeves and Associates works with organizations like yours to assist with Microsoft adoption, provide ongoing support, and empower users to get more from the technologies available to them. Our team of experts each brings over 20 years of experience within their specific area of expertise and will work collaboratively with you as an extension of your team, sharing their extensive knowledge with you throughout the process.
If you have Software Assurance Planning Services vouchers that you would like to assign to us, or would simply like to learn more about how you can use your vouchers to get more from your Microsoft investment, don’t hesitate to get in touch today. We’d love to hear from you!