Posted by: kurtsh | December 11, 2020

INFO: Updated changes to Software Assurance Benefits accrual & usage timelines

For customers renewing their Enterprise Agreements or agreements involving Software Assurance, the Software Assurance Benefits policies have changed in 2020.

Here are some details around what has happened to Software Assurance Planning Services:

What are the key changes that occurred with Software Assurance Benefits earlier this year?
Below are key changes that occurred with Software Assurance Benefits in early calendar year 2020:

  • February 1, 2020: DPS cloud engagements retired and all cloud customers will be directed to FastTrack programs. For DPS cloud engagement vouchers created before February 1, 2020, customers have 180 days to redeem and use the cloud engagement voucher. Customers have until January 2022 to use their deployment planning days for on-premises planning.
  • Due to impacts from COVID-19, Microsoft is extending active vouchers for an additional 90 days for those vouchers created before 1 April 2020. This applies to all active Deployment Planning Services vouchers for cloud and on-premises engagements. To help our customers and partners work as efficiently as possible while remote, we’re also waiving the onsite requirement policy for delivery partners and allowing for remote Deployment Planning Services engagements through June 30, 2020. We still expect partners to provide customers with collaborative consultative sessions resulting in a comprehensive and actionable deployment plan.
  • February 1, 2021: Customers will no longer accrue DPS days.
    • New contracts won’t have any DPS days assigned and existing contracts won’t receive any additional DPS days.
    • Current customers can continue to use any accrued DPS days until January 1, 2022.

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