Validate Those Vouchers- Microsoft SATVs

20 March, 2013 | Della Wyler | Microsoft, software assurance
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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.