The system includes a free, open source, dynamic web-enabled application that schools around the world can download and install at no cost to effectively and efficiently manage their environments. Easily customizable, the software provides robust security features to define access rights, streamlines attendance recording in schools and offers innovative reporting capabilities.Developed under Virtusa’s Tech Reach initiative, the Àkura School Management System was initially developed for St. Joseph’s College Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2011. It was made internationally available in February 2012 and since then, has been adopted by schools and universities in 130 countries and downloaded more than 6,000 times. Àkura is just one of Virtusa’s many key Tech Reach initiatives that focus on using IT in an innovative way to empower and enhance the quality of life, create opportunities for the community members and unleash the full potential of the community. Virtusa’s Àkura School Management System represents an important part of the company’s overall sustainability focus which is based on four pillars: Digital Reach, Tech Reach, Code Green and Campus Reach. Virtusa’s Digital Reach program promotes digital literacy by increasing access to useful information technology, while Tech Reach initiatives allow the company to apply its technical skills to positively impact surrounding communities. Through the Code Green project, Virtusa drives several key environmental initiatives to improve the global footprint and encourage sustainability. Finally, through Campus Reach, Virtusa aims to be the model corporate contributor to academic institutions. For more information on Àkura, visit http://akuraschools.org/. To access the company’s sustainability reports, please visit http://www.unglobalcompact.org/participant/10007-Virtusa-Corporation. About the WITSA Global ICT Excellence Awards Every two years, The WITSA (World Information Technology and Services Alliance) Global ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Excellence Awards recognize select organizations who have positioned themselves as leaders and top innovators by fully realizing the potential of ICT to grow the bottom line. This year’s winners were honored at the World Congress Gala Dinner on October 23 in Montreal, Canada. To see a full list of winners, please visit: http://www.witsa.org/v2/media_center/pdf/2012AwardsPR_v01.pdf. About WITSA The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is the leading recognized international voice of the global ICT industry, whose members from 84 countries and economies represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market. WITSA is dedicated to advocating policies that advance industry growth and development; facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services; strengthening WITSA’s national industry associations; and providing members with a broad network of professional contacts.
WITSA hosts both the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), the premier global industry sponsored ICT conference, and the Global Policy and Trade Conference (GPAC).WITSA members are leaders in a globally interconnected marketplace. Because the challenges facing the ICT industry are undisputedly global in nature, WITSA members work together to achieve a shared vision on important issues of common interest. WITSA makes it possible for its members — ranging from Mongolia and Argentina to Kenya and the United States — to identify common issues and priorities, exchange valuable information, and present a united position on industry issues. For more information on WITSA, please visit www.witsa.org. About Virtusa Virtusa provides end-to-end information technology (IT) services to Global 2000 companies. These services, which include IT consulting, application maintenance, development, systems integration and managed services, leverage a unique Platforming methodology that transforms clients’ businesses through IT rationalization. Virtusa helps customers accelerate business outcomes by consolidating, rationalizing, and modernizing their core customer-facing processes into one or more core systems. Virtusa delivers cost-effective solutions through a global delivery model, applying advanced methods such as Agile and Accelerated Solution Design to ensure that its solutions meet the clients’ requirements. As a result, its clients simultaneously reduce their IT operations cost while increasing their ability to meet changing business needs. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Virtusa has operations in North America, Europe, and Asia. © 2011, 2012 Virtusa Corporation. All rights reserved. Virtusa, Accelerating Business Outcomes, BPM Test Drive and Productization are registered trademarks of Virtusa Corporation. All other company and brand names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective holders.