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IBM Academic Initiative

Kivuto Powers New Academic Initiative for IBM

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OTTAWA, ON – March 1, 2017 — Faculty, students, and academic staff worldwide now have access to a vast collection of cloud-based resources from IBM through the IBM Academic Initiative. The IBM Academic Initiative is now powered by Kivuto Solutions Inc., the world’s leading provider of hosted, flexible and scalable solutions for complex digital distribution requirements.

IBM, a world leader in developing data analysis software has partnered with Kivuto Solutions to provide academic institutions with cloud access to software, courseware, and other resources at no cost through the IBM Academic Initiative, including access to IBM’s widely popular Watson platform. Built on Kivuto’s cloud-based Digital Resource Portal the IBM Academic Initiative provides academic users with immediate access to multiple IBM applications at no cost to students, faculty and staff.

“We have been able to expand the reach of our academic program by utilizing Kivuto’s distribution platform,” said Colette Lacroix, Industry Executive Higher Education & Research at IBM. “Partnering with Kivuto allows us to work even closer with schools to provide their students and faculty with the tools they need to make a positive impact on the future.”

The products available through the Kivuto-powered IBM Academic Initiative are:

  • IBM Cloud
  • IBM Blockchain
  • IBM Cognos
  • IBM Internet of Things
  • IBM Power Systems
  • IBM Security
  • IBM Watson
  • IBM z

“Students and faculty at thousands of academic institutions worldwide are now able to access the digital resources they need from IBM anytime on demand and at no cost,” said Ryan Peatt, VP of Marketing & Sales. “We are pleased that IBM has chosen Kivuto as their partner for its Academic Initiative.”

Kivuto’s Digital Resource Portal (DRP) platform is the most flexible, secure, scalable and customizable digital distribution and management system on the market. The platform includes verification, license management, e-commerce, secure distribution, reporting and more in a cloud-based environment. It ensures all verified academic users have 24/7 access to digital resources anywhere in the world, on demand and provides a license and management system module specifically designed for academic institutions.

About IBM and Education
IBM has a long-standing commitment to furthering education, including its IBM Academic Initiative, an innovative program offering a wide range of technology education benefits from free to fee that can scale to meet the goals of most colleges and universities. IBM will work with schools — that support open standards and seek to use open source and IBM technologies for teaching purposes — both directly and virtually via the Web. For more information on the IBM Academic Initiative, visit

About Kivuto
Kivuto Solutions is the world’s leading provider of advanced digital distribution and management solutions that enable the secure delivery of digital resources to individuals, businesses, and organizations anywhere in the world. Kivuto simplifies the process of delivering any digital good to any market under virtually any terms and conditions. Over 60,000 academic institutions and departments trust Kivuto to manage and distribute software to their students, faculty and staff. The company distributes software and other digital resources to millions of users in over 195 countries.


Liz MacDougall

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