New Deployment Partner Services Portal Launches
We are happy to announce a new Partner resource which provides a comprehensive view of Microsoft's deployment resources in one location.
The new Deployment Partner Services Portal is
a broad resource designed to lead you through
the deployment and adoption cycle – pointing you
to relevant resources at the appropriate stages,
and highlighting available benefits along the
One-stop resource for sales, product and technical information to support your deployment practice and expand your solution opportunities
Best practices on which Microsoft resources to use during the sales, deployment, and adoption phases of your deployment engagements
Information about new and existing Packaged Services offerings which place partners in front of customers to plan and prepare for successful deployments
Prescriptive guidance on how to partner with Microsoft to grow your business and make your services visible to customers
Microsoft Deployment Partner Services Portal (microsoftdps.com)
New Distinguished DDPS Deployment Partner Program!
New for FY09, the Distinguished DDPS Partner Program was created to recognize partners who show an ongoing commitment to performing DDPS engagements and who demonstrate excellence with desktop deployment for customers worldwide. Qualified partners who offer desktop deployment services are able to leverage proven Microsoft tools, methods and technologies to help gain competitive advantage, develop ongoing infrastructure optimization opportunities, expand their service and product offerings to customers, and increase profit margins by lowering their sales costs.
Announcing our first Distinguished DDPS Partners! You’ll continue to hear more about them throughout the year.
Arabic Computer Systems, Ltd.
Datalog Software AG
En Pointe Technologies
Insight Direct USA, Inc.
Microsistemas Gerenciales S.A. de C.V
PC-Ware Information Technologies AG
Software House International (SHI)
Program Benefits for Distinguished DDPS Partners include:
Priority customer connection: DDPS recommendation to the Microsoft field team based on achievement of Distinguished DDPS Partner Status
Early access to Microsoft Consulting Services’ Desktop Optimization Using Windows Vista® and the 2007 Microsoft ® Office System (DOVO) content
Case study promotion: Partners will be highlighted on internal and external deployment sites
Assistance with Technical Adoption & Rapid Deployment programs for Microsoft® Office 14
Awards: One Top Distinguished DDPS Outstanding Contributor award presented at annual reception
Achieving Distinguished DDPS Partner Status
To achieve Distinguished DDPS status, a partner must achieve the following:
Deliver 25 or more DDPS engagements annually (July through June)
Ensure certification of at least 3 consultants
Develop 2 case studies per year
Deploy Windows Vista® and Microsoft® Office 2007 within your organization
Align with Office Deployment Specialization and/or Windows Desktop Specialization
How to Qualify
Begin working within your own organization to ensure satisfaction of the above requirements The submission process will commence November 1st. Submissions must be received by May 31st to be considered. Distinguished DDPS Partners will be awarded at WPC 2009.
New Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 – Essential Tool for Desktop Deployment
DDPS Partners are now equipped to help customers quickly assess their IT environment and identify the best Windows Vista migration strategies as well as the generate state of health of PCs regarding security.
The new Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1 makes it easy for customers and DDPS partners to assess desktops for hardware and device compatibility for Windows Vista, Microsoft Application Virtualization and more. The new release also gives the ability to assess if desktops have Windows Firewall turned on and if they have anti-malware and anti-virus software installed. Download this free tool today!
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 3.1
Microsoft Desktop Deployment Planning Services (DDPS)
Thousands of companies worldwide have found that their organization's complex
computing environment makes the job of upgrading their users to the latest
versions of Microsoft® Windows® and Office a real challenge. Through Desktop
Deployment Planning Services, Microsoft provides you with the tools, training,
and support needed to take advantage of this opportunity to help eligible
companies overcome that challenge, while helping to increase revenue and grow
your business in the process.
Once you are certified to deliver Desktop Deployment Planning Services, you
will be in the position to help your current and prospective customers, who
participate in the Microsoft Software Assurance program, outline a plan for the
deployment of 2007 Microsoft® Office, Microsoft® Office 2003, Microsoft®
Windows Vista or Microsoft® Windows XP SP2 using predefined offerings based on
the zero-touch deployment solution.
Get paid by Microsoft to deliver a deployment plan to
eligible customers. Click here to learn how.
presents partners with an easy doorway into existing and new customers that are
eligible for Software Assurance"
- Lee Nicholls, Getronics
v3 was released on February
21st. Access the new engagement
materials or review the DDPS in Action Live
Meeting where the deck is available for
v3 has been refreshed to include the latest
desktop deployment tools and guidance from
Updates and Changes
tools and guidance
and Office SP1 support
2007 – new decks on Office SP1, Office Migration
and Planning Manager (OMPM), the Office Security
Guide and updated DDPS Delivery Guide
information on Office-centric DDPS engagements
Deployment (MDT) support: rebranded
from BDD, MD now supports deployment of both
business desktops and servers and a more robust
Center Configuration and Operations Manager
Center Configuration Manager 2007 provides many
improvements and advancements over SMS 2003 and
the OS Deployment Feature Pack
to process/design oriented structure
to a range of tools used in during
deployment including ACT and MAP
to Microsoft Desktop Optimization modules (
and Activation modules updates
Demo environment guidance through Hydration: New
functionality based on SCCM task sequencer to
quickly develop labs and demonstration