UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 19 DECEMBER 2018
Harry Jawanda, CEO and Co-Founder of Wambiz, has sold his app-based staff engagement technology to Allocate Software, a leading international provider of workforce and resource planning solutions. Harry’s product will help support the operational and administrative needs of the healthcare, defence and maritime sectors.
Harry Jawanda studied BSc Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) at Birmingham City University from 2005. After graduating with first-class honours in 2009, Harry worked for the investment bank Morgan Stanley, where he undertook a placement during his time as a student, before he founded Wambiz in October 2012.
Alumni of the Year
Earlier this year, Harry was given the Alumni of the Year award from Birmingham City University, which recognises graduates who have made a valuable contribution to society or their professional field. It also demonstrates the extraordinary range of achievements among the University’s former students.
Wambiz is best known for specialising in apps for schools, colleges and universities which allow students to connect and communicate with their teachers and each other in an engaging, yet controlled way, without blurring the line between school and social life.
Harry Jawanda, aged 31 and from Wolverhampton, said:
“I am delighted the Wambiz team will joining the Allocate family. I am proud of the solution we have created and that Wambiz is helping organisations change the way in which their people collaborate and engage. The prospect of combining this with Allocate’s technology which provides people with some of the most important information and tasks related to managing their work-life is truly exciting.”
The acquisition of Wambiz complements Allocate’s existing portfolio that includes both its Optima workforce platform and associated solutions used by over a million health and social care workers globally, and its Dynama OneView solution used to manage people and resources across some of the world’s most prestige defence and maritime organisations.
Headquartered in the United Kingdom and with 500 employees – including over 190 in research, development and product management functions – Allocate provides services and support to its international customer base through regional offices in the UK, Sweden, France, Spain, Germany and Australia.
Nick Wilson, CEO, Allocate, said:
“The team at Wambiz have created a really exciting technology that is proven to engage staff and deliver great experiences for its users. Allocate has over 500,000 people using our mobile technology to access and manage many aspects of their working lives.
Harry was handed his Alumni of the Year award by Birmingham City University’s Chancellor, Sir Lenny Henry on Friday 27 July in a graduation ceremony at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, alongside graduands from the institution’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.
As well as success in business, Harry also played field hockey for England for many years. He has won three English Premier Division titles among other accolades, and still plays for his local side, Cannock Hockey Club.