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Broadcast Recap: Tapping the SMB Opportunity in the Cloud

July 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm PST

Yesterday, fellow Channels blogger Alex Krasne hosted a live Channels Chat video broadcast called Tapping the SMB Opportunity in the Cloud: An Interactive Discussion for Service Providers.

During the broadcast, Steve Hilton, Principal Analyst at Analysys Mason, and Ellen Berlan, Director, Global Service Provider SMB at Cisco shared cloud trends and offered advice on how Service Providers can capitalize on the growing market within SMBs. Steve also offered several recommendations, from how Service Providers need to approach the growing cloud market, to the ways in which Service Providers can launch a cloud offering.

Didn’t get a chance to catch the broadcast live? Here’s a replay. (You can also watch the replay on our Ustream page or on the Channels Facebook Page.)

For those of you who prefer to read about the broadcast, we have a text summary below with timestamps to identify key topics. We also have Ellen and Steve’s answers to audience questions submitted via Twitter. Read More »

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How Service Providers Can Capitalize on the Cloud

June 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm PST

Small and mid-sized Businesses (SMBs) make up more than 90% of all companies. They’re also the largest consumers of enterprise cloud services--a market that is expected to grow to $35.6B by 2015, according to consulting group Analysys Mason.

If you’re looking to capitalize on this growing market, join us for a live, interactive video broadcast and discussion on Tuesday, July 19 from 8:00-8:30am PT. We’ll focus on key opportunities in this market, offer insight and tips, and answer your questions live on the air.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • The Service Provider Cloud Services landscape including security, availability, and business impact
  • Small and Mid-Sized customer needs driving interest in Cloud offerings
  • New business opportunities for Service Providers Read More »

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Still Worried Cisco Collaboration Solutions Are Beyond Your IT Skill Level???

Are you responsible for IT or voice services in a mid size company? Do you have 300 or fewer employees? Is your existing voice collaboration solution nearing its end of life, or no longer supported by the original manufacturer? Have you considered a solution from Cisco Systems? Yes Cisco! We are is proud to announce a new foundational voice solution specifically built for companies like yours, the Cisco Unified Communications Manager Business Edition 3000 (Unified CMBE 3000).

Cisco entered the IP communications in the late 1990’s and soon became a market leader. Cisco’s unified communications and voice products historically have been designed for a large majority of the market’s segments.  Cisco’s Unified Communications 300 and 500 series products were designed for businesses with under one hundred users.  The more capable Unified CM Business Edition 5000 and 6000 have more advanced features for organizations with 100-1000 users. Comparatively, the Cisco Unified Communications Manager scales up to 30,000 users per cluster.

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Cisco Celebrates Small Business Week

We’ve said it before, small business is big business.  Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America. They make invaluable contributions to the country’s economy in many ways, including creating 60-80 percent of new jobs. This week celebrates National Small Business Week and Cisco celebrates Small Business too.  Small businesses are a driving force of innovation, and technology plays a big part in enabling those efforts.  All week, on our Small Business blog we’ll be shining the spotlight on small businesses that have put technology to work for them to help them succeed. Take a look at these stories and videos!

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Helping Cisco Partners Support SMBs–and Themselves

Our Small Business partners provide customers with expert guidance, hand holding, and support they need to flourish. And Cisco wants to extend that same level of support you offer SMBs every day.

That’s right, our new Cisco Partner Advisor Sales Support Service (PA) for Partners who sell to SMB Customers helps make it easier and more profitable to do business with Cisco.

And we want to get your feedback to make sure PA and some other partner tools are serving your needs. (More on that part later…) But first, here’s what you need to know about PA:

This service helps new partners get started with Cisco and provides existing partners with non-technical sales pricing, program, and tool support. And, partners can chat with a Cisco Partner Advisor agent to find the right resource at the right time to help accelerate sales

Here are a few of the benefits of Partner Advisor: Read More »

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