When the pandemic hit earlier this year, the amount of disruption to small business was huge, and many companies recognized the need to accelerate their digital journey. For many small businesses, having to figure out everything from security to automation overnight felt like absolute chaos. Partners became a vital resource for understanding the technology and finding ways to not only survive, but also thrive.

Cisco and our partners are here to help small businesses. Everyone knows that there’s nothing small about the opportunities in small business. In fact, according to a research study Cisco did with IDC, 70% of small businesses are accelerating their digitalization. This effort supports connecting a remote workforce as small businesses are 2x more likely to hire full-time remote workers.

Help solve the top five small business challenges

Small businesses are at the forefront of change and we’ve provided new resources to help partners reach this expanding market. The products in our Cisco Designed portfolio are curated specifically for small businesses to address the five largest technology challenges small businesses face:

  • Work from home: Meet and collaborate with employees and customers securely
  • Cybercrime protection: Safeguard from identity theft, hackers, and Internet attacks
  • Always-on business: Provide easy installation and reliable IT services using cloud technology
  • Workplace monitoring: Enable safe social distancing and real-time monitoring
  • Future or new office: Improve productivity and security at shared physical workspaces

Using these cross-portfolio solutions, it’s easier for partners to focus on the needs of small business buyers. Each solution includes multiple Cisco products and offers opportunities to cross-sell a wider set of products into small business accounts. We’ve designed these five solutions to be complete, consistent, and easy for partners to use as they capture new small business opportunities.

Join me at Partner Summit Digital

Big things are happening in small business. I’ll be sharing more about these solutions and how you can take advantage of them during Partner Summit Digital on October 28 – 29. The team at Cisco has put together a one-of-a-kind experience with business impact sessions, innovation talks, on-demand sessions, amazing guest speakers, and more. If you haven’t registered yet, don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to join us. Register now and ensure you’re ready for the future!

I hope to (virtually) see you there.


Denise Lee

Vice President

Engineering Sustainability Office