Expanding on its commitment to enabling the success of its small business partners, Cisco has announced a new cloud-based service called OnPlus that offers channel partners a way to easily and affordably provide network assessment, management and advisory services to their small business customers. By enabling value added resellers (VARs) to quickly create or expand their managed services practice, OnPlus helps to evolve the customer relationship from reactive and tactical, to more proactive and strategic.
Today’s small business announcement builds on Cisco’s Partner Led sales model designed to elevate channel partners’ ability to drive sales in the fast-growing small business and mid-market segments. Earlier this year, Cisco announced it will invest $75 million in its Partner Led initiative throughout 2012, for enablement, systems and support capabilities to help channel partners profitably grow their business.
Designed for VARs that are looking to create or expand their managed service offerings; OnPlus provides remote visibility of the network and the devices attached to the network.
Andrew Sage, vice president World Wide Partner Led, Cisco, said, “The role of VARs is rapidly shifting to a service oriented business. Cisco is reinforcing our commitment to small business partners by enabling them to quickly create and expand their offerings in network management and advisory services. A service such as OnPlus facilitates incremental revenue and helps them preserve profitability through increased efficiency and responsiveness.”