Kivuto Solutions Inc

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Kivuto Solutions Inc.
Industry Computer software
Digital distribution
IT consulting
Online advertising
Founded 1997
Founder Ram Raju
Headquarters Ottawa, Canada
Area served

Kivuto Solutions Inc., previously known as e-academy Inc., is a software distribution company that specializes in hosted electronic software delivery. Through its web-based solutions, the company offers a platform for institutions to distribute software according to their licensing requirements. Kivuto has partnerships with many software publishers including Microsoft, Adobe, VMware, National Instruments, and Parallels.

Kivuto offers free and academic-priced software through a network of online school WebStores.

The company also manages worldwide academic software licensing programs, such as the DreamSpark program (formerly, MSDNAA ( the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance)) and the VMAP (VMware Academic Program).[1] Kivuto is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.[2]

Kivuto offers free and academic-priced software through a network of online school WebStores.[3]

Company history[edit]

Kivuto Solutions Inc. was founded in 1997 by current CEO Ram Raju, as Powerknowledge. The company made efforts at e-commerce and software verification through physical media. The transition to digital download internet sales occurred in 1998 and 1999 with the creation of ELMS.

Prior to founding Kivuto, Raju operated a campus-wide software deployment and licensing department in addition to a retail software and hardware store at Dalhousie University.[4][5] Kivuto was founded based on his idea that software is integral to education, and that more affordable and accessible academic software can reduce the barrier between publishers and the academic curriculum.


ELMS is a web-based, turn-key software distribution and management application used for authenticating users based on institutional eligibility criteria and the systematization of order distribution according to policy requirements. Kivuto Inc. uses this solution as a means of management and secure software delivery.[6]

ELMS for DreamSpark[edit]

Since 2001, Kivuto has managed the DreamSpark Premium program - formerly titled Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) - for the majority of departments currently enrolled in the program. Kivuto Solutions allows School DreamSpark Program Administrators to use its Electronic License Management System (ELMS) for the distribution of Microsoft software to DreamSpark members for free. This system controls and administrates many areas of the program such as user registration, support and secure software delivery.[7]


The VMware Academic Program (VMAP) is an academic program that provides students, teachers, and staff with free academic-use copies of VMware virtualization software, with titles including: VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, VMware ESX vSphere Advanced, vCenter Server Standard, vCenter Server Lab Manager, VMware Player. The VMware Academic Program is made available to STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) departments of diploma granting institutions.[8]

Name Change: e-academy to Kivuto[edit]

In 2012 the name of the company was changed from e-academy Inc. to Kivuto Solutions Inc. The change was made as the company offers its platform to customers not affiliated with education.


  1. ^ "ELMS: The Electronic License Management System". MSDN Academic Alliance. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Kivuto Solutions Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Gold Independent Software Vendor Competency in the Microsoft Partner Network". News. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kivuto home page". Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ram Raju". Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Kivuto website. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "ELMS: The Electronic License Management System". MSDN Academic Alliance. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Academic Resources for Students". MSDN Academic Alliance. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "VMware Academic Program". VMware Education and Research Programs. Retrieved 14 December 2011.