If your question is, what is this? or perhaps more around … what does this mean? Let me explain a bit about it.
Microsoft has been providing this type of services through partners within a given competency to clients that are looking to deploy and implement Microsoft products like SharePoint, Exchange or the strategy behind Windows and Office deployments. The way it works, well you purchase your products and perhaps those products come with Software Assurance and they have training/service credits. Those credits then can be used to cover the deployment planning services based on the number of days the credits convert to. With that said, there are SharePoint Deployment Planning Services, Exchange Deployment Planning Services, and so on. Now, this has been released to cover the deployment of Developer Tools.
The Services are as follows:
- Team Foundation Server Deployment Assessment – This is a five-day assessment that provides a detailed overview of the steps required for a successful deployment of Team Foundation Server 2010.
- Visual SourceSafe Migration Assessment – This is a three-day engagement that provides a detailed overview of the steps required to migrate from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server 2010.
- Visual Studio Quality Tools Deployment Assessment – This is a five-day assessment that provides a plan to simplify and streamline test planning and manual test execution processes by utilizing Team Foundation Server 2010 with Test Professional 2010.
If you are a customer, you will need to contact your Microsoft rep to get the details, but know this gives a standardized process to deploy TFS based on your requirements and needs. There is plenty that will be discovered during the discussions. You can find more information here: http://tk5bpsweb01.partners.extranet.microsoft.com/en/DTDPS/pages/about.aspx
If you are a partner and are looking to offer this: You need to have the ALM Gold Competency, and become very familiar not only with the materials, process and tools, but also with the items you will need to deliver and the documentation and quality of it the client will need to receive. More information here:
Make sure you take advantage of this extremely valuable resource.