Introducing Our New Small and Mid-Size Business-Focused Blog Series

Hi my name is Gary Isaacs, Vice President Mid-market and Small Business at Cisco Canada. Welcome to Cisco Canada’s new blog series focused on the small and mid-size business market. Rod Scotland, National Architecture Strategy Lead, Mid-market and Small Business, Cisco Canada and I are excited for the opportunity to focus on some key issues taking place around this market in Canada and hope that you’ll find value in the topics and information being discussed in upcoming blog posts. We also appreciate feedback; so if you have any questions or topics you’d like to see discussed, please let us know in the comments section or via the email address provided below. 

Throughout the series, you’ll also see question and answer blogs and guest posts from respected industry thought leaders. Our goal is to bring to life some of the challenges faced by small and mid-sized businesses across various industries in Canada by incorporating case studies, real-time industry news, trends and solutions that can make business easier.

More importantly, our blog series will be centered on the critical role that technology plays in the day-to-day business operations in Canada’s small and mid-sized businesses, and how when implemented properly, can provide a positive return on investment. We’ll discuss key topics such as wireless, bring your own device (BYOD), security and video, with focus on technologies that can enable you to streamline and grow your business and your bottom-line. Technology is leading the forefront for tomorrow’s successful businesses and it is Cisco’s imperative to help drive growth in Canada’s small and mid-size market.

In our next few posts, we’ll be focusing on key wireless business challenges, such as coverage, interference, network design and energy efficiency. We’ll also be conducting a Q&A with Sean Stanleigh, well-known small business editor for The Globe and Mail. In this post, we will discuss more of the overarching technology challenges facing small and mid-size businesses in Canada regarding proper use, rules and regulations, scalability and security.

We look forward to this series and hope that you’ll take part in the discussion by sharing your thoughts and ideas with us. To contact me directly, please email

About Gary Isaacs

Gary Isaacs is Vice President, Mid-market and Small Business for Cisco Canada, responsible for all aspects of Cisco’s national execution across the mid-market and small business customer segment. He also leads the development of Cisco’s Canadian mid-market strategy and is responsible for a team of business managers who work closely with inside sales, marketing, and partners. Isaacs has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Cisco Canada, he spent more than 25 years with IBM, where he most recently served as director of business partner sales for North America. He also held various sales, finance, and marketing roles across IBM’s Canada, United States, and North America operations. Gary Isaacs est le vice-président du segment des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) au sein de Cisco Canada, responsable de tous les aspects de l'exécution nationale de Cisco à l'échelle du segment des petites et moyennes entreprises. Il dirige également l'élaboration de la stratégie canadienne à l'intention des PME de Cisco et est responsable d'une équipe de gestionnaires commerciaux qui travaille en étroite collaboration avec les équipes de vente internes, les équipes de mercatique et les partenaires. M. Isaacs possède plus de 30 ans d'expérience de l'industrie des technologies. Avant d'entrer au service de Cisco Canada, il a passé plus de 25 années chez IBM, où son dernier poste a été celui de directeur général des ventes aux partenaires en Amérique du Nord. Il a aussi joué divers rôles au sein des services des ventes, des finances et de la commercialisation d'IBM Canada, É.-U. et Amérique du Nord.
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6 Responses to Introducing Our New Small and Mid-Size Business-Focused Blog Series

  1. Ronghai Sun says:

    Maybe the first question is what’s the most critical issue that the small and mid-size business is facing now in Canada? and what’s your solution to help them?

  2. Gary Isaacs says:

    Hi Ronghai,

    Thanks for taking the time to read our blog and provide feedback. We’ll be addressing your question in our next blog post, which will feature thoughts from Sean Stanleigh, The Globe and Mail small business Editor, who has a good pulse on the industry. We will also provide our suggested solutions to these issues in subsequent blog posts. But of course, we’d love to hear what you think are the most critical issues small and mid-size businesses are facing too. Feel free to let us know. Thanks again for your feedback and interest.


  3. Ronghai SUN says:

    Dear Gary,

    Thank you very much for the feedback.
    I am asking this question is that for the small and mid-size business, in most cases the CAPEX and OPEX are much more sensitive, and at the same time the network security and performance requirements as well as easy connection anywhere are same as of big business.So the buisness for the small and mid-size enterprises are more challenging.

    Thanks very much. (very good blog).

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