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In case you didn’t catch it yesterday Cisco hosted a session about Small Business on Talk2Cisco a live, real-time, social, interactive, online video broadcast.   Some of our SMB leaders driving the initative here  shared their views, and took questions live, online all around the topic of  Small Business.  They tackled the question from a viewer why should small businesses even care about technology when they have a business to run,  shared real life stories of small busiensses that used  IT as a real business tool  and, of course, gave a bit of  advice on what small businesses should  look for in technology as  part of the session. 

Suffice to say there’s nothing “small” about this intiative to us and we’ve been driving it hard for about 3 years now with milestone after milestone.  There’s  loads of info, customer stories, and other goods on the SB site and Cisco has lots to say on the topic.  So if you want to know more about what Cisco is up to in the land of small business, have an opinion or thought to share we welcome you to join us in our conversations…and think small!

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Talk2Cisco Recap: How Technology Can Help Your Small Business

Earlier this week, Talk2Cisco featured two leaders in the small business technology industry, Ian Pennell and Andrew Sage. They took a number of questions from the viewing audience and talked about everything from what mistakes to avoid when upgrading your network to what cloud really means to small businesses.

Below are a few of the highlights from the broadcast. Feel free to send in a question for Ian or Andrew…I’ll be sure they get it. Or you can reach out to Andrew directly on Twitter @andrewsage.

Talk2Cisco: How Technology Can Help Your Small Business

2:28 Why businesses should prioritize technology

7:30 The role of the partner when building a small business

13:20 Mistakes to avoid when upgrading your network

27:14 Upgrading your network: What to consider, How Often, The Cloud

Related Website:  Small Business at Cisco

More about Talk2Cisco:

Talk2Cisco is a live, real-time, social, interactive, online video broadcast featuring Cisco leaders, as well as other leaders in the tech and business industries, answering questions submitted by you, the viewer. Using UStream, Talk2Cisco puts you directly in touch with the source of the information, covers topics of interest to you and connects you with others who follow Cisco business and technology. Join the conversation and be in the know …now.

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Ensure Your Partner can Grow with Your Business

Guest Post by Contributing Author Ken Presti

One of the key elements to choosing the right channel partner is determining whether the prospective partner is properly aligned to grow with your business.

This question typically falls into three buckets. One is from the prospective of technology, both in terms of how you are using technology now, and also in terms of how you will use technology in the future. Perhaps the technologies that you already have in place will be all that you need for the foreseeable future. On the other hand, you might plan to add some capabilities that your chosen channel partner would need to support. Read More »

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Reduce your Phone Bill

SIP Trunking sounds geeky, just think of it as savings!

I stayed close to home this past holiday season. Rather than fly across the country to visit family and friends, I ushered in the New Year with my loved ones via video conferencing. I also caught up with my older relatives who don’t have Internet access via the phone.

I have a pretty good package with my Internet and long-distance telephone service provider. But all the video conferencing and cross-country telephone calls got me thinking about how communications costs can mount for small businesses. This is especially true if your small business has separate contracts for data and voice. Wouldn’t it be more cost-effective to have all your voice and data traffic running on one line? Read More »

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Video – no longer a luxury for small businesses

Guest Post by Tunji Akintokun, Head of Small Business for Cisco in Europe

When video phones were given their first grand introduction at the 1964 World Fair in New York, it had an exciting futuristic implication. However, people probably didn’t conceive then that video communications would become a mainstream technology challenging the traditional telephone.

With super fast broadband, more and more people communicate with video. Video calling and the emergence of Home TelePresence are bringing video to the masses; but how about small businesses? Read More »

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