Customers using Microsoft's SharePoint enterprise portal can now get deployment help if they subscribe to the Software Assurance program.
SharePoint Deployment Planning Services is modeled after a desktop planning service that the Microsoft Office team offers, said Kathleen Timiney, director, SharePoint Partners at Microsoft. The company has been conducting a pilot of the program but is launching its worldwide availability now.
Enterprises that take advantage of the service will get deployment planning help, mainly through third-party companies. Microsoft is offering training and certification for its partners and will help match up customers with the trained third-party consultants. Microsoft pays the third-party partners for their work.