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Solution Partner Program

One program, two paths

Tap into the Solution Partner Program resources to build, test, market, and sell your solutions. Choose from two paths: Solution Partners sell enterprise Cisco-integrated solutions direct or via resellers. Developer Solution Partners build apps with Cisco platforms and APIs. Whichever one you are, we have the resources you need to expand your market presence and attract new customers.

Two Paths

There are two paths in the Solution Partner Program:

  • Solution Partners build and sell enterprise solutions that require configuration and are implemented in a customer environment. They want to partner with our ecosystem to increase their market share. There are also Preferred Solution Partner and Strategic Solution Partner designations.
  • Developer Solution Partners build apps and market them on the App Store and Google Play. They can upgrade to Solution Partner at any time.


Each path in the Solution Partner Program has its own benefits. For details, see the Solution Partner Program Guidelines.

As a Solution Partner, you can…

Go to market

Take advantage of resources like Partner Acceleration practices, joint account planning, and joint marketing opportunities.

Market your solution

Showcase your solutions and connect directly with partners, customers, and Cisco sales through your custom storefront.

Build brand awareness

Use logos, banners, and the partner announcement kit to promote your relationship with—and benefit from—our brand.

Amplify your brand

Share success stories, exhibit at Cisco Live, or show off capabilities at an Ecosystem Partner Connections event.

As a Developer Solution Partner, you can…

Explore DevNet

Gain access to DevNet SDKs, APIs, technical specs, Learning Labs, and more. Use the shared Sandbox to test your code.

Certify your apps

Accelerate the path to Cisco Compatible with interoperability verification testing services and Fast Lane validation.

Go to market

Take advantage of resources like the DevNet Ecosystem Exchange to attract new customers and market your apps.

Case studies

Improving clinical collaboration and workflows

Patient and clinician satisfaction is a priority for Parkview Medical Center, which is working in collaboration with Apple, Cisco, and PatientSafe.

A historic city modernizes with IoT

The entirety of Caldas da Rainha is covered by a system of Cisco IoT gateways. See how Actility is working with partners to integrate these applications onto the network.

Smart marketing with your coffee is a winning blend

Through a partnership with Arara, Starbucks can collect and analyze customer data in a simple portal, in store or online.


Requirements for membership in the Solution Partner Program vary by tier, but always include:

  • Valid company
  • Cisco-approved solution

For details, see the Solution Partner Program Guidelines and the Solution Partner Framework Agreement.


Whether you will be a Solution Partner or a Developer Solution Partner, we have resources at every step to help you create your best solutions yet.

Apply to become a Solution Partner

Here is a quick guide to joining and a link to the Partner Registration tool where you can apply.

Apply to become a Developer Solution Partner

Here is a guide to getting started and a link to the application form.

Support from concept to sale

The Solution Partner Program helps you create your best solutions yet. See how.