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Your Guide to Digital Transformation with Cisco Technology and Network Solutions

Serving the modern customer means modernizing operations through data and technology. However, tech solutions today can be overwhelming, making it difficult to know who to trust and which systems to adopt. Even if you do know those things, you may not know how to apply it to your processes. This is your guide to digital transformation with Cisco products and Network Solutions.

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Without the right credentialed provider to help you implement the right tools, important changes may be overlooked, causing:

  • Downtime
  • Slow networks
  • Declining revenue
  • Security vulnerability
  • Increased staff attrition
  • Decreased productivity
  • Low-performing applications

A Powerful, Transformative Partnership: Network Solutions + Cisco

At Network Solutions, we’re a strategic partner with Cisco – the industry leader in digital communications technology. Together, we’re able to deliver best-in-class networks and a suite of high-performing, secure applications to ensure a smooth digital transformation specific to a business’ needs.

Decades have passed since Network Solutions became Cisco-specialized. We formed this partnership to ensure our customers receive our expertise and years of experience – plus the best business technology solutions and services you can find.

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Who Is Cisco?

Cisco is a leading IT services company offering various networking, cloud, and security solutions for businesses in all industries. Their comprehensive set of solutions simplifies hardware complexity that often forces IT staff to spend too much time manually ensuring efficiency. 

The old way of networking – a complicated mesh of switches, routers, and access points all with security risks – was a box-by-box configuration, and it’s now a thing of the past. When Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies came along to control and simplify network configuration and improve application performance, Cisco stepped in to build upon it.

Cisco took the promises of SDN and assessed how every router, switch, and access point came together to provide network services. They built a new digital network architecture (DNA), which offers centralized network management and application integration. It also leverages a powerful analytics engine to drive real-time analysis, troubleshooting, and optimization recommendations.


Overcome the most common IT concerns

Whether you’re facing collaboration issues, security vulnerabilities, or lack of operational insights, we work alongside Cisco to co-deliver innovative answers to simplify and overcome the most common concerns in IT operations and infrastructure:

  • Excessive troubleshooting
  • Monitoring and managing network health
  • Managing network access control
  • Controlling network security
  • Preparing network for cloud services 
  • Refreshing network devices
  • Gaining control over applications and prioritization

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Our Cisco products streamline communication, unify networks, and secure businesses’ data.

Who Is Network Solutions?

Network Solutions is a Midwest network communications provider and certified Cisco vendor that helps companies create stable networks and secure applications that close the gap on strategic priorities. We’ve been doing this since 1989, and we look forward to what IT technology has in store for us as we future-proof our clients’ businesses. 



Most businesses we partner with are looking for:

  • A safe place to store and access their data
  • More efficient ways to collaborate with their team
  • Internal visibility without sacrificing a strong defense 
  • Seamless automation across IT equipment and operations
  • A unified network architecture that meets specific requirements 

With our Cisco partnership, we’re able to change the IT game for small, medium, and enterprise-level businesses in:

  • Financial services
  • Manufacturing 
  • K12 & higher education 
  • Healthcare
  • Local and state governments
  • Utilities
  • Retail 


We offer expertise in on-premise solutions, cloud migrations, and hybrid deployments. We’re a one-stop, end-to-end shop for secure and flexible cloud solutions. Partnering with Cisco, we use multi-cloud solutions to connect customers’ on-premise hardware to the cloud and beyond.
Key areas of our expertise include design, implementation, and support of traditional or managed services encompassing enterprise networking and infrastructure, data security, collaboration technologies, and data center solutions. 
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Our customers have seen the benefit of Cisco solutions.



“NSI are the experts in finding the perfect Cisco solution to any of your network problems. They work closely with you to understand the request and create the best solution that best suits your need.”

— The Braun Corporation


“We were extremely pleased with NSI on our recent Cisco Call Manager upgrade. The project management staff were always on the ball, and the Collaboration Team were insanely good at their job.”

— Avon Community Schools


“NSI continues to excel in providing us with the best Cisco technology solutions for our needs. Their experts have the knowledge, dedication, and passion that shows through their work.”

— Kokomo School Corporation

Why Digital Transformation?

When your tech falls behind, your employees aren’t empowered, and the business falls behind too. The technology you implement for digital transformation should be deployed to:
  • Improve operational efficiency 
  • Manage and mitigate risk
  • Reduce costs and downtime 
  • Glean operational insights 
  • Increase revenue 
  • Reduce employee turnover 
  • Improve budgeting and projections 
The right digital transformation with the right technologies and expert guidance can create positive business outcomes. 

The 4 Pillars of Digital Transformation and Network Management with Cisco

To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your tech and network management strategy, we’ve outlined the 4 pillars of digital transformation powered by Cisco products and our certified expertise.




With unified communications, an omnichannel contact center that prioritizes customer experience, immersive conferencing tools, and intuitive communication devices, you can engage and stay connected in the cloud or on premises from anywhere – securely and in high quality.

Why Cisco for collaboration?

Cisco takes collaboration to a new level for large and small organizations. WebEx, Cisco’s collaboration platform, integrates with your network, security, and data center, offering a seamless experience for end users–regardless of how and where they work.

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Enterprise Networking

The right enterprise network is built on a smart platform that enables seamless collaboration, maintains a strong security defense, and gleans valuable insights that can help you achieve your top strategic goals. At Network Solutions, we offer four Cisco enterprise network platforms: Cisco DNA Center, Cisco vManage, Cisco Meraki, and Cisco IoT Operations Dashboard. 

Why Cisco or Meraki for enterprise networking?
Cisco and Meraki are two connected brands that form a powerful enterprise networking option. Together, they increase your level of network uptime, provide maximum diagnostic control, and offer infrastructure flexibility to adopt long-term. Meraki extends an intuitive network that’s easy to use for companies in need of an out-of-the-box solution. Cisco allows for even greater customization to ensure your network is built to scale.
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Security Solutions

Cybersecurity is a vital concern for businesses, but many believe they have it covered. They learn the hard way that breaches are common, and reacting to them can be expensive and time-consuming. Your applications should be secure, performing as intended, and providing consistent access to all users. Our line of defense, enabled by Cisco, will protect your email, web traffic, and all connected devices from various security threats and attacks.

Why Cisco for security?

Cisco’s architectural approach to security is much more than a firewall. It integrates products that cover different threat vectors on your network, providing a more intelligent threat defense to keep you protected. Whether you’re looking for email privacy and encryption, malware protection, or comprehensive computer security services, our knowledge plus Cisco products ensure that your network is safe. Specifically, Cisco leads the way with solutions that are driving the industry in SASE(Secure Access Service Edge), XDR (Cisco® Extended Detection & Response), and zero trust. The Cisco SecureX platform provides simplicity, visibility, and efficiency across your security infrastructure.

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Data Center

Your data center management strategy is a critical part of your digital transformation and includes four key parts: your data center infrastructure, unified servers, a hybrid cloud, security, and the ability to gather analytics. With Cisco computing solutions and various enterprise network products, we’re able to build an infrastructure that keeps your data safe, helps you optimize processes, and accelerates application deployments. 

Why Cisco for data center solutions?

Our cost-effective, right-sized data center solutions are powered by Cisco unified servers. As our longstanding partner, we deploy Cisco data center products and solutions that increase asset utilization, offer a custom-fit design, provide proactive data protection, and improve traffic efficiency. 

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Cisco-Certified And Proud Of IT

Network Solutions’ team comprises exceptional, highly-educated engineers who have accumulated over 10,000 hours in classroom time, independent study, and testing to become the expert resource to meet your specific business needs. 
With such expertise and several Cisco certifications, we are able to identify the gaps in your IT strategy and infrastructure, make recommendations, implement a new networking architecture, and manage your day-to-day IT operations – all while sharing that knowledge with you. 

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Here are the specific Cisco certifications we have under our belt.


The Cost of Enterprise Downtime and Saving Your Business with Digital Transformation

According to ITIC’s 2022 Global Server Hardware Security survey, nearly 44% of mid-to-large firms claimed that an hour of downtime could potentially cost their business over $1 million. Additionally, the average cost of a successful data breach increased to $4.24 million in 2021, according to IBM. Too many businesses are facing big risks and seeing financial losses from it.

The safety and longevity of your business truly depends on your ability to adapt to changing demands, which are often based in technology and cybersecurity. Our goal is to make sure your networking infrastructure leads to positive business outcomes such as increasing productivity and revenue, maximizing capital, reducing costs, and managing risk.


The Cost of Digital Transformation with Cisco and Network Solutions 

Through Cisco Capital Financing, you can choose from a variety of financing offers to satisfy your business needs. We offer custom-fit financing solutions. Whether through fair market value leases, full pay-out leases or loans, we can find a solution that’s tailored to your needs.

With Capital, you can not only extend credit lines, but you’ll also find it easier to preserve capital with predictable and flexible payment structures, allowing you to improve competitiveness through innovation and investments in new technology.

Cisco Lifecycle Financing can transform your expenses into valuable business opportunities. Lifecycle Financing helps you get the most out of your technology acquisitions by answering your changing organizational needs and allowing you to proactively manage the lifecycles of your equipment.

In Cisco’s recent eBook, you’ll find the 4 easy steps for IT success.




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