SDPS + SharePoint 2010

If you’re working for a Microsoft Gold Partner, you’ve probably heard of the SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) offering.   In a nut-shell, this allows you to engage with customers, and provide services which is then billable to Microsoft.

This is a “win-win” – for the customer, who gets free consulting services – and for the partner (your company) – who gets paid work, and a happy customer who is getting FREE services !

Microsoft SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS) is a software assurance benefit for customers, which is a pre-defined paid service offering delivered by partners to plan an effective SharePoint deployment and/or upgrade.

This service offers customers a 1, 3, 5, 10 or 15 day deployment planning service, based on their individual software assurance benefit level.

The customer will make use of their “Software Assurance” vouchers – there’s a bunch of FAQ and information on the SDPS Partner Center site.

In addition to the pre-existing SharePoint Deployment Planning and SharePoint Internet Business Planning services, there is a new branch of the SDPS offering covering SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Planning, with some PowerPoint presentations, and Word documents :

A great opportunity to pave the way for future work!

Designed for customers who have already deployed SharePoint 2007, the 2010 upgrade offer centers around 1, 3, 5, 10 and 15-day engagements that help customers discover the value of upgrading, and build a customized migration plan.

Offer your customers:

  • A comprehensive introduction to SharePoint 2010
  • Thorough understanding of upgrade process as it relates to their deployment
  • Awareness of the upgrade “costs” and benefits (immediate / future)
  • A customized migration plan for deployed workloads

Further to that, there is a pre-built Virtual Machine image with Hands-On Lab scripts and Demonstration scripts – a great way to get going with a SP-2010 environment.

Click here for more information – and for the FTP site details.

NB.  You will need a login account for this site – the links above expect that you have a Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) ID.   Or – you can email Microsoft for assistance :

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