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Right-Sizing Network Solutions for Small Businesses

This is a guest blog post from Cisco Product Manager Marc Nagao. Marc has spent close to two decades in high tech, with a mix of storage, managed services and of course networking. He is currently managing the Small Business RV Series Routers.

Network connectivity is a pretty big concern for any business, let alone a small, growing business. How many small business owners do you know that have turned to IT-savvy Cousin Jimmy for help, or called a “computer expert” they found on Yelp, or tried to find the right network solutions doing only a few quick Google searches? Picking the right network solution can be a daunting task.

But that’s where right sizing a small business’ networking solution comes into play – it saves money now and saves more money in the future. Small businesses have the benefit of being nimble; a successful, single-person business can very quickly transform into a multiple-person small business, with an office and a warehouse and a dozen or even a few dozen folks. But that business’ network connectivity solution doesn’t seem to move as quickly. A consumer wireless router could probably do the job for a single person home office adequately. But for a business looking to use its network for more than just accessing the Internet, the choice is not so obvious.

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Cisco Small Business Support Community

As a Small business owner, you know how to run your business efficiently.  So what do you do when you need support for your current Cisco small business network?  If you are like me, you will search the internet for a solution.  Hopefully your search will lead you to the Cisco Small Business Support Community where you will find helpful support documents, videos, and active conversations regarding all Cisco Small Business Products. 

Look at what you will find within the Small Business Support Community:

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A) Check to see if you have the latest firmware by clicking on the product family.  You can download the latest firmware from there too.

B) Search the community by typing in your question to see if there is another discussion or document already available that may have an answer. 

C) Use our Guide Me Tool to search our knowledge base or troubleshoot your equipment.

D) This area has all of our popular links such as contact information for our Small Business Support Center locations where you can speak directly with an Small Business Support Engineer.

E) Log in to post your question.  To post a question, all you need to do is to register for a Cisco ID or if you have a Cisco ID just login

F) Go directly to the product area to see all the conversations and documents related to that product.

G) Stay up to date with the latest firmware release by following @CiscoSBsupport on Twitter or to see what is new in the Small Business Support Community, follow the Small Business Community Blog.

The Cisco Small Business Community is available 24X7 and encourages participation from everyone.  We update the community frequently and strive to make the community the first place to go for your Cisco Small Business Product support needs. 

Please bookmark or add to your favorites, this URL: www.cisco.com/go/smallbizsupport

If you have any ideas on how we can improve, please leave a comment.

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Cisco Sizzle – March Edition

Welcome to the Cisco Sizzle! Each month, we’re rounding up the best of the best froCisco_Sizzle_Finalm across our social media channels for your reading pleasure. From the most read blog posts to the top engaging content on Facebook or LinkedIn, catch up on things you might have missed, or on the articles you just want to see again, all in one place.

Let’s take a look back at the top content from March…

Tomorrow Starts Here
Explore how the Internet of Everything will change the way we work, live, play and learn.

Connected World Technology Report
Calling all IT professionals! Over two thirds of the IT managers agree that Big Data will be a strategic priority for their companies in 2013 and over the next five years as well. Do you agree? Is Big Data a strategic priority for your company?

Cisco on Fortune’s Most Admired
Once again, Cisco is honored to be on Fortune Magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” List. Fortune tells us that the Most Admired list is the “definitive report card on corporate reputations.” Congratulations to our employees, and thanks to Fortune for the honor!

Understanding the Different Types of Wireless Routers
If your small business has grown and your workforce has become more m734216_10151813220863032_619814475_nobile, you may be considering adding wireless to your network. Cisco explains the basics so you can identify which wireless router best fits your needs.

TeleWork Week
If you telecommuted for a week, how much time do you think you would save?

Network Madness
Don’t worry network managers; we’ve got you covered. Find out about Cisco’s solutions to Network Madness.

Check out the Cisco Storify feed for even more great content!

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5 Steps To Becoming a Social Media Master!

People are becoming more media savvy than ever before. The advent of social media has resulting in people consuming and sharing more information. A by-product of this is that people have becoming adept at ignoring traditional marketing and advertising and better at spotting marketing content trying to masquerade as something else. The best way to overcome the challenges presented by this new social world is to embrace this awareness and willingness to interact and use it to your advantage.

Marketing in a social word means you need to change when, where, and how you speak to consumers. Instead of sending them a static message (like a traditional ad) you need to interact with them. Here’s a few key things to keep in mind:

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Cisco’s New Small Business Portfolio—Fortifying the Future

Did you know the number of mobile-connected devices has broken the 1 billion mark? We have become more reliant on the Internet to get things done, take care of customers, and expand our businesses. This is a very important topic for partners, including small business partners.

Cisco’s newly expanded small business portfolio can help your customers better address their needs in this increasingly mobile world, where connectivity on a range of mobile devices is crucial. You already know that Cisco helps small businesses perform to their maximum potential through offerings that span security, connectivity, and collaboration. Cisco’s latest offerings continue that story, helping our partners fuel small business success and paving the way for future growth. To learn more about these recent announcements and how you can seize new market opportunities and add value to your customers, check out my recent post on the Small Business blog.

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