NetCraftsmen Named Cisco Lifecycle Advisor


[Columbia, MD – September 4, 2019] NetCraftsmen, a leading IT consulting company renowned for its expertise and experience, is pleased to announce that it has been named a Cisco Lifecycle Advisor.

Customers are increasingly moving to Software as a Service (SaaS) and recurring offers, requiring them to work with trusted providers to enable their digital transformation. The Lifecycle Advisor designation is reserved for invitation-only partners who have not only demonstrated the ability to sell Cisco solutions but can help customers adopt and realize the value of their investments. As a Cisco Lifecycle Advisor, NetCraftsmen works with customers to achieve their desired business outcomes, using a proven methodology to ensure usefulness and impact. We work with our customers to establish KPIs and engage with them in partnership towards attaining their goals and objectives.

NetCraftsmen President and CEO, Paul H. Mauritz, said, “Being awarded the Lifecycle Advisor Specialization from Cisco positions NetCraftsmen as a provider of business solutions that transforms the relationship our clients have with their customers. NetCraftsmen is now recognized by Cisco as a leader in assisting our customers on their journey to digitization.”

“During the transition to SaaS, partners need to be tightly integrated with their customers to reduce management and support challenges, but more importantly, to be able to anticipate customer needs before they need them. We are thrilled to announce that NetCraftsmen has achieved the designation of a Cisco Lifecycle Advisor Partner (CE Specialization). With less than 200 partners worldwide, they are among an elite group of Cisco partners that have the proven capabilities to drive long-term value and success for their customers throughout the lifecycle,” said Gabby McGee, Cisco Distribution Services and Software Manager.

About NetCraftsmen

NetCraftsmen is a professional services organization dedicated to helping customers solve business challenges through well-crafted technology solutions. Our engineers have extensive experience as subject matter experts for a wide range of organizations throughout various industries. Our Craftsmen Assurance® product portfolio includes managed and lifecycle services for network infrastructure, collaboration, SDWAN, compute, and security. We are proud that our engagements always focus on the transfer of knowledge and a full partnership with our customers, providing “best business practices” as well as technical expertise.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.