The Phasing out of Microsoft SATV Benefits

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The Phasing out of Microsoft SATV Benefits

Microsoft Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) – Update

Microsoft is updating Software Assurance benefits beginning in February 2020 to ensure Software Assurance stays relevant and useful to customers. With this change in direction, some Software Assurance benefits will be retired or changed to eliminate redundancies and better align Software Assurance benefits across Microsoft’s products and services portfolio. The changes made also simplify benefit redemptions and replace outdated implementation mechanisms. While each customer experience is unique, all customers can benefit from the ability to optimize their business performance through Software Assurance.

Microsoft is investing in new ways to help organizations deploy, train, and get support for the products and services they buy. Because those new ways overlap with some dated and underused Software Assurance benefits, and the redemption process for some benefits are cumbersome and outdated, Microsoft is retiring those overlapping and outdated benefits.

When are the SATV Changes Taking Place?

The changes will start in February 2020 and will gradually be implemented by January 1, 2022.

February 1, 2020:

  • Training vouchers can no longer be converted to planning services days.
  • Azure courses will be removed from training voucher redemption. Courses must be complete by this date in order to utilize SATVs.

February 1, 2021:

  • Retire accrual of new training vouchers.
  • New contracts after this date won’t have any training vouchers assigned and existing contracts won’t receive any additional training vouchers.

January 1, 2022:

  • Last day to redeem training vouchers for existing contracts.

Will the Changes Apply to All Active Software Assurance Contracts as of February 2020?

Beginning February 1, 2020, the changes apply to all contracts regardless of status—midterm, new, and renewal. There is still time to use the benefits already accrued, customers will still accrue deployment planning days, training days, and support incidents until February 2021. Deployment planning days and training vouchers can be used until January 2022.

How Long Do Customers Have to Use Their Existing Vouchers?

Customers can continue to redeem any accrued training days as vouchers until January 1, 2022. Azure content will be removed from the voucher course list beginning February 1, 2020.

Where Do Customers Go for Help with Their Training Benefit?

Azure Customers: Contact us today to assist with redeeming your existing Azure training vouchers before they are no longer available for redemption in February 2020. If your business or organization has identified an Azure project that is soon to kick off, please contact us today to talk about our Azure training solutions.

Non-Azure Microsoft Customers: Training vouchers will expire in January 2022, but don’t wait to schedule training. Contact us today to discuss a plan to redeem your vouchers before they expire.

Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATVs)

Microsoft Training VouchersMicrosoft Training Vouchers (or “Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers”/SATVs) are a great help to limit the costs of professional IT training for Microsoft products. The purchase of software – especially in large volumes – means a financial investment for a company or organization.

The Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers are one way to enhance the value and the return on such investments: They allow businesses and organizations to ensure that their employees receive the proper training in order to use the Microsoft software. They are also an important tool that provides necessary training without having to dip too deeply into the organization’s software training budget.

How do I get Microsoft Training Vouchers?

The Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers (in short: “SATVs”) are among the Software Assurance Benefits for Microsoft Volume Licensing. Current Volume Licensing customers can get detailed information about their particular benefits online via Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Services Center (VLSC) and/or the Business Center. This is also the way to access your benefits.

How do I use the training vouchers?

The training vouchers are available for a range of eligible courses taught by especially certified Microsoft Learning Partners like TechSherpas 365 . Most of the Microsoft-related technology classes are eligible for the use of a Microsoft training voucher. We are a Gold Microsoft Learning Partner. At TechSherpas , we offer a broad range of Microsoft training classes and certifications aimed at IT professionals. Some examples for our Microsoft classes are: Azure, Skype, Office and Project Management, but also SharePoint, Windows OS and Windows Server Training.

Any further questions?

Microsoft provides download options for several resources/guides to give you an overview about their Software Assurance Program and their Volume Licensing terms, for example:

Software Assurance at a Glance” and the “Software Assurance Program Guide”, as well as a “Software Assurance Benefits Chart” and more.

You can of course also contact us here at TechSherpas if you need further information or assistance with redeeming the Microsoft Training Vouchers. Simply call us or use our contact form.

Have you already used Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers before? Let us know about your experience in the comments section.




Validate Those Vouchers- Microsoft SATVs

Validate those Vouchers!

Microsoft customers have the ability to receive quality training at no additional cost, but unfortunately many are not taking advantage of their Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV’s)! Are you this Microsoft customer? You’ve paid the price, so now take some advice! Microsoft SATVs are your ticket to free training! Your clearance to attend first-rate training for the newest in technology, at no additional cost. Why aren’t you cashing in?

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Redeem your SATVs today!
Perhaps the reason Microsoft customers aren’t cashing in on these valued vouchers is that they don’t know what they are and how they can help them get the most out of their recently purchased software. The Software Assurance Training Voucher (SATV) is a value added component of the Microsoft Software Assurance program offered to Microsoft customers. Software Assurance (SA) is sold along with Microsoft Volume Licensing programs and may be included as part of your Enterprise Agreement or Open Value Agreement, or it can be financed through Microsoft. SA is highly recommended because it has proved to be beneficial for firms utilizing Microsoft programs. “Software Assurance for Volume Licensing helps boost organizational productivity with 24×7 support, deployment planning services, end-user and technical training, and the latest Microsoft software releases and unique technologies, plus support for cloud services adoption, all in one cost-effective program.” – Microsoft. SA provides many resources to its users allowing employees to be more productive, which has positive benefits on the total operation and efficiency of the company. Corporations can improve productivity across the organization by implementing the latest in product versions as soon as they are available. The SA program allows them to do this seamlessly and at a lower cost. The firms that get the most out of the SA program are those who utilize all the benefits especially when planning for and deploying new software. The training vouchers are especially attractive because employees are able to receive the training required to effectively use the new product versions, decreasing time wasted by the learning curve. The awesome part about it…..this prime training comes at no additional cost!

SATV? Say What?

The Software Assurance Training program provides instructor-led technical training by a Microsoft Certified Partner for Learning Solutions (CPLS) through a straight forward voucher creation and redemption process, Software Assurance Training Voucher’s (SATV’s). Customers are allotted a certain number of training days based on their qualifying Microsoft Office and/or Windows license purchases. These training days are converted into vouchers, which they can redeem with a Microsoft Partner. A Microsoft Partner will be able to provide a large selection of Microsoft training courses.

These courses are designed by Microsoft experts and are typically held at the training partner’s facilities. These training classes are such a valuable part of the SATV because they allow the staff to maintain their tech skills as the company deploys new product versions.

Cashing in on the Voucher

They are many different class options available when it comes time to actually cash in on the voucher. Based on your specific needs you can redeem your voucher for Microsoft courses of your choice including those within the following areas:

  • Windows Server
  • Exchange
  • Lync
  • SharePoint
  • System Center
  • Windows
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Studio
  • Shelf-life

These vouchers were created so that Microsoft users have the ability to deploy new software versions without it effecting regular business operations, while in fact increasing productivity. The point is they are there! Microsoft SATVs are available for you to use and the do expire! As a successful business, aren’t you looking for ways to enhance the skills of your staff and reduce training costs? If you are, you need to cash in on these vouchers…you’ve earned them! You can use vouchers on technical training classes as well as Demonstration sessions.

Ready to cash in? It’s simple! First, verify how many training days you received (which again are based on the purchase made). Once you know that training days are available, activate the firm’s SATV account. Once activated, create & assign vouchers to employees. Once assigned the Voucher clock is ticking and will stop after 180 days. Let the employees know that vouchers have been assigned, and they have 180 days to locate a Microsoft Learning Partner and sign up for one of their Microsoft training courses or Demonstrations, and take the class. These vouchers have a shelf life so don’t sit on them and let these training opportunities pass you by. It’s also important to note that once the organization’s licensing agreement expires, so does any remaining SA training days that have not yet been assigned. Again, these opportunities should not be overlooked. Think about it! The company has already paid for these services, so they need to be used, not discarded.

Redeem vouchers with a Microsoft Training Partner

TechSherpas is a Microsoft Learning Solutions Partner and accepts the Software Assurance Training Vouchers. Here is the list of training courses we provide. Take a look! Search our site until you find the class that will meet you educational needs, and register! Redeem and take advantage of those SATV’s before it’s too late. As a Microsoft Learning Partner we want users to be able to utilize these programs and get the most out of them. You’ve earned these benefits, so use them.