Software Assurance is a comprehensive Volume Licensing program that includes a unique set of technologies, services, and rights to help you deploy, manage, and use your Microsoft products more efficiently. Starting next month and continuing over the next two years, Microsoft has announced they will be making substantial changes regarding Software Assurance benefits. Make sure your company is prepared and knowledgeable about what comes next!
Microsoft is making changes to Software Assurance, specifically with Planning Services, Training Vouchers, and 24x7 Problem Resolution Support. In February 2020, Microsoft will begin the phase-out of these benefits, so taking the time to understand the changes and put a plan together is important so you don’t miss the deadlines.
Below is a timeline of what will occur from February 2020 to January 2022:
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Planning Services and Training Vouchers have actual monetary value, $1000 per Planning Service Voucher and are part of the value of Software Assurance and your benefits package when purchasing volume licenses with Software Assurance. Planning Services can help drive the planning around your initiatives with Microsoft and reduce your out of pocket expense, while Training Vouchers provide training to your IT staff to enhance their skills.
Most clients are well into their cloud journey or at least recognize it is inevitable in the near future, so this upcoming change in February 2020 is important as it will be the end of the ability to use Planning Services toward cloud initiatives. This means the scope of how these can be leveraged will greatly be reduced. You will be able to leverage Planning Services toward on-premises deployments until January 2022.
Contact us today to start a conversation about your organization’s specific plan moving forward. Also, get in touch if you are not currently taking advantage of all the cloud has to offer!