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Celebrating 25 Years in Higher Education Software

Dorothy Joseph
September 29, 2023
Celebrating 25 Years


Kivuto Solutions offers license management and distribution solutions specifically designed for educational institutions. Kivuto solutions allow customers to manage licenses, distribution, and compliance for software and digital textbooks. Earlier this year, Kivuto joined the Aspire Software Group following its acquisition by Valsoft Corporation. The purpose of this blog is to celebrate Kivuto’s 25 years in business and discuss future growth.

Reflecting on the Past

Kivuto’s journey from its inception to the present day is a remarkable testament to its dedication to the evolving landscape of educational technology. The company’s origins in 1997 saw the formation of e-academy, marking the first step in a transformative journey. By 2000, Kivuto was expanding its reach, venturing into the EMEA education market, and deploying the eStore platform for students and faculty, enhancing access to educational resources. In the following years, Kivuto solidified its position as an industry leader, introducing the OnTheHub brand in 2005, providing discounted software and technology to educational institutions worldwide.

Between 2004 and 2014, the company further expanded its footprint across the globe, launching academic programs with tech giants like VMware, Microsoft, and Adobe, and achieving Microsoft Gold Partner Status. In 2015, Kivuto continued its innovation with the introduction of the Kivuto Cloud platform and the Texidium brand, catering to the growing demand for digital course materials and eTextbooks. The launch of the IBM Academic Initiative further underlined its commitment to cutting-edge educational solutions.

The years 2020 to 2022 posed unprecedented challenges, as the COVID-19 pandemic forced institutions into remote learning. Kivuto swiftly partnered with Pearson Canada to provide free K-12 academic resources, exemplifying its dedication to education during trying times. In February 2023, Kivuto embarked on a new chapter, being acquired by Valsoft Corporation, with a pledge to build upon the company’s stellar reputation and strong industry relationships to drive growth and innovation. Kivuto’s journey is a testament to its adaptability and unwavering commitment to advancing education through technology.

The Power of Adaption

As the higher education landscape continues to evolve rapidly, Kivuto has consistently adapted and innovated, reshaping their products and services to meet the ever-evolving needs of both institutions and students.

“The Kivuto group has demonstrated a rare agility in the software technology sector. I believe their focus on the institution’s IT needs, and the current strategic direction of product engineering will continue to bring enormous value and flexibility to our customers.” – Trisha Murray, Managing Director Education Technology, Valsoft.

From inception, the company understood the importance of strategic partnerships, and forming alliances with major software vendors and book publishers serving the industry.

Pioneering discounted software and technology solutions for global educational communities, Kivuto launched OnTheHub, an online platform and e-commerce website that specializes in providing discounted software and technology products to students, faculty, and staff at educational institutions around the world.

In the following years, Kivuto remained at the forefront of innovation by introducing the Kivuto Cloud platform, addressing the need for centralized resource management, and launching the Texidium brand, meeting the demand for digital course materials.

Throughout its history, Kivuto has consistently adapted and expanded its offerings to address the ever-evolving needs of institutions and students, solidifying its position as a trusted partner in the education technology landscape.

Impact on Higher Education

Kivuto Solutions have had a positive impact on the higher education industry by simplifying software distribution and license management, reducing costs, and enhancing accessibility. They have been particularly valuable in adapting to the digital transformation of education and ensuring that students and educators have the tools they need for effective teaching and learning. Kivuto’s technology is revolutionizing teaching and learning by simplifying the distribution and management of educational software, ensuring that students and educators have easy access to the tools they need, fostering cost-efficient and compliant software usage, and enabling institutions to make data-driven decisions to enhance the educational experience.

At the University of Pennsylvania, a comprehensive centralized management solution was implemented, streamlining administrative processes, enhancing data security, and improving efficiency across various departments, ultimately providing a blueprint for other educational institutions seeking to modernize their operations.

In a compelling case study, Austin Community College successfully streamlined cost recovery by centralizing its IT resources, resulting in more efficient tracking and management of software licenses and reduced expenditure, demonstrating the tangible benefits of adopting Kivuto Solutions for educational institutions.

Thanking Our Clients and Team

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our cherished clients who have been steadfast companions on our remarkable journey, your trust and loyalty have been the cornerstone of our success, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration and shared achievements.

We are immensely grateful for the dedication and unwavering commitment of our exceptional team members, both those who have been with us throughout our 25-year journey and those who have joined us since our recent acquisition. Your passion and expertise have been instrumental in shaping our success, and together, we eagerly embrace the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

The Higher Education Industry’s Bright Future

The role of technology in shaping the future of the higher education industry is significant and multifaceted. Over the past few decades, advancements in technology have had a transformative impact on how education is delivered, accessed, and experienced. Technology is expanding access to education, personalizing learning experiences, improving instructional methods, and fostering innovation. However, it also presents challenges related to data privacy, equity, and the need for faculty and institutions to adapt to new teaching paradigms. The future of higher education will likely be characterized by a dynamic integration of technology, instruction, and learner-centric approaches. Kivuto is unwaveringly committed to pioneering positive change in technology within the higher education industry, striving to lead the way in innovative solutions that empower institutions and learners alike.


In this blog post, we’ve journeyed through 25 remarkable years of Kivuto’s evolution in the higher education tech industry. We’ve witnessed their commitment to adapt and innovate in response to the ever-changing needs of educational institutions and students. As we celebrate this milestone, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our loyal clients who have been the bedrock of our success, trusting us to provide cutting-edge solutions. Your support has fueled our growth and inspired us to continue pushing the boundaries of educational technology. As we embark on a new chapter, recently being acquired by Valsoft Corporation, we are excited about the future possibilities and the potential for even greater innovation. We invite all our readers to stay engaged, be part of our journey, and join us in shaping the future of higher education tech. Together, we will continue to make a meaningful impact on the world of education. Thank you for 25 incredible years, and here’s to many more to come!

We invite all our dedicated readers to stay connected with us by subscribing to our updates, newsletters, and following our social channels. By doing so, you will be among the first to access our latest insights, innovations, and educational resources. We value your input and perspective, so don’t hesitate to share your experiences with our company or your vision for the future of higher education. Your feedback is not only invaluable to us but also contributes to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the evolution of education. Together, we can shape a brighter and more inclusive future for the world of higher education. Join us in this exciting journey by staying engaged, sharing your thoughts, and being a part of the transformative changes happening in the education technology landscape.

Dorothy Joseph
September 29, 2023

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