Tuesday, 15 August 2017

SyntheSys’ Quarterly Training E-Newsletter is now available

Whether you are new to us, or old friends, our commitment is to keep you informed through interesting stories and insights from our training division.  We are proud to offer unique, simulation-based training solutions.  In this newsletter you can also read about our revitalised Variable Message Format (VMF) course, which is now taking bookings. To read the newsletter, click here.

We trust you enjoy our newsletter.  Your feedback is always appreciated. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Sales Expert Su Ross joins SyntheSys to lead SyntheSys Direct

We are delighted to welcome Su Ross to the SyntheSys family to lead our new associate company, SyntheSys Direct.  Su, who lives in Hampshire, is Managing Director of SyntheSys Direct Ltd, a new company which has been established to serve a growing demand for software licensing which has previously been an element of our Systems Engineering Business Group. 

This venture is the joint brainchild of SyntheSys Managing Director John Hartas and Su, and has, as she emphasises, “fantastic potential for the future.”  SyntheSys Direct will handle licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with software distribution.

SyntheSys provides services to government and industry on the design, testing, delivery and maintenance of information systems.  John said “Over the past 18 months, the growth within our Systems Engineering Business group has taken us into markets and industries which have an increased need for tool support.  Our traditional System Engineering (SE) capability has been centred around mentoring organisations to implement sound and structured SE procedures, which often results in us supporting implementation of new tools or re-licensing of existing tools.  By establishing SyntheSys Direct, we see that this gives us more potential to provide independent services within our Systems Engineering group, whilst benefitting from Su’s unrivalled knowledge of market-leading Systems Engineering tools’’.

Su has a wealth of leadership and commercial experience which positions her well to lead SyntheSys Direct.  She has been working within the software sales industry for the past 16 years, after working as a buyer for a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry.

Previously, Su was a Sales Manager for Integrate Systems, where she worked for nearly three years.  She sold systems engineering tools to the aerospace and defence, energy, transport and rail sectors, amongst others.  Prior to this, Su was an account manager at IBM and software client lead for seven years – selling the entire IBM software portfolio into local government.

Su added: “In future, at SyntheSys Direct, the idea is to expand into software sales primarily and also to open up opportunities for other services and training that we currently provide and continue to build on our IBM Business Partner relationship.  This will involve selling to our existing customer base and we hope to attract new customers in markets in which SyntheSys has not traditionally operated.  We hope to take a flexible approach to our software delivery offering a holistic, end to end service with training or services combined.  Fundamentally, we want to add value to our customers and help them become successful in their new and existing development projects.  This is a brand-new venture for SyntheSys and I believe it holds tremendous potential.  I am really looking forward to the new challenge”.

Su enjoys many hobbies including keeping active and fit with running, cardio classes and yoga.  She also rides her motorcycle on trips around Europe.

If you would like to discuss your software requirements with Su, contact +44 (0) 7484 915743 or visit the SyntheSys Direct website at http://www.synthesys-direct.co.uk/   

Thursday, 3 August 2017

SyntheSys Announces Corporate Restructure

SyntheSys is delighted to announce that it has undergone a major restructure to its increasingly successful business.  The restructure is part of a strategic shift to align business capabilities to specific industry sectors with expert teams in the groups now being more specialised to the appropriate skill sets. 

The organisation is now segmented into four key functional areas, Defence; Systems Engineering; Direct and Software, with SyntheSys corporate division still serving all business areas with administration, finance, marketing, security, quality and IT support. We are confident that the new management team will continue to provide unrivalled services, support and products to our markets. 

Tony Castle leads SyntheSys Defence which serves our traditional Tactical Data Link (TDL) consultancy, interoperability management and TDL training market.  Our operational customers will also be served under the Defence Business Group. 

Mark Williamson leads Systems Engineering where the aim is to provide systems engineering services, products and training to a variety of industry sectors to establish efficient and economic processes that enable organisations to deliver the highest quality products to their customers and end users. 

Su Ross leads SyntheSys Direct and will handle licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with software sales.

We welcome Ian Pugh who leads SyntheSys Software, which offers a range of technical consultancy services that help customers understand their Information Technology (IT) needs and supports customers in acquiring  systems to meet those needs. 

John Hartas, SyntheSys Managing Director commented, ‘it is a very exciting time for us here at SyntheSys.  Over the last two years we have seen tremendous growth within markets outside of our core Defence arena.  The restructure ensures that customers in each of the business areas continue to receive a unique, value added service from specialists in the appropriate field.’ 

For more information about SyntheSys visit www.synthesys.co.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1947 821 464.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

SyntheSys to attend the forthcoming Career Transition Partnership (CTP) event at Newmarket Racecourse on Tuesday July 18th 2017

CTP Employment Fairs are held regularly in the UK so that Service personnel who are due to leave the Forces can meet prospective employers and find new careers. Participants can submit their CVs to employers and have a chance to look at all the options available to them.

SyntheSys is attending as a prospective employer.  Business & Resources Manager Christine Broxap and Defence Business Group Manager Tony Castle will be available to speak to Service personnel from a variety of different disciplines.

Christine said: “Our people are what define us as a company.  They are a mix of former Armed Forces and industrial personnel carefully selected for their experience and capabilities.  We lead the field for independent consultancy support, systems development and integration in our markets.  We are regularly looking for opportunities to meet potential associates and employees, and we look forward to the event.’’

SyntheSys is signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and one of our pledges is to give opportunities to ex-Service personnel and Reservists wherever possible.

Attendees can meet Christine and Tony for an informal chat at the SyntheSys stand from 10am. Please contact christine_broxap@synthesys.co.uk for further information. 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Matt Gains DOORS Next Generation IBM Technical Certification

SyntheSys is an IBM 'Silver' Business Partner, providing resell of IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) software solutions, and delivery of supporting services to IBM clients.

IBM have a certification process in place that recognises technical competence in their software solutions.  SyntheSys Technical Consultant Matt Mendell has been examined and certified on the DOORS Next Generation (NG) solution, providing confirmation of his abilities and competence to deliver advice and consultancy on the solution.

Following a period of study and on the basis of regular delivery of consultancy for DOORS NG, Matt was confident that certification would be a recognisable benefit to both his personal development and to SyntheSys’ ability to provide services and support to clients.  He said: “It also demonstrates expertise in requirements management principles and in understanding the way in which DOORS NG is used in requirements management for System Engineering and software development.”

For more information about our partnership with IBM, visit our SyntheSys Direct website here.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Expert Consultant Kevin Farquhar GCGI has recently joined SyntheSys.

Kevin currently works within the SyntheSys Defence Business Group and is primarily responsible for the delivery of Interoperability (IO) Assurance, support and assistance to customers utilising the Multi-Link Test Facility(MLTF).

He has both an operational and technical background having served over 30 years’ exemplary service in the Royal Air Force (RAF) undertaking numerous Radar, Electronic Warfare (EW) and Tactical Data Link (TDL) related roles.  His final 10 years working within the RAF were spent as a crew member on Sentry E-3D AEW and as an ISTAR Instructor specialising in Air Command & Control (C2), EW and TDL.  He has been deployed worldwide in support of Operations and Exercises.  On leaving the RAF, he entered into Industry, as a Link 16 Advisor with BAE Systems, Saudi Arabia, joining SyntheSys in April 2017.

Kevin brings to the Company experience in the following areas: Multi-TDL Instructor, Training and Development, TDL Network Management, TDL Operations and Analysis, Air/Ground/Maritime Integration, C2 Systems, Extensive Operational experience, Track Management and Sensor Fusion. This experience enables him to support clients in their requirements for a highly adaptable, versatile system manager with in-depth experience in operating, training and management within the fields of C4ISTAR TDL and Air and Ground C2 Combat Systems.

Friday, 9 June 2017

SyntheSys Completes Combined MIDS Link 16 and Identification Friend or Foe Training Course

SyntheSys has just completed its first combined Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Link 16 and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) training to students from both the military and industry.  The course took place at the Institute of Directors in London, UK, where three days were spent on Link 16 training and one day on IFF.

SyntheSys Training Manager Paul ‘Ski’ Czajkowski, who led the course, said the subject area covered the basics through to Advanced Link 16, looking at both technical and operational use.  Ski said: “This training was important as the course attendees are specifically focused on MIDS Link 16 integration within their own national systems.  Consequently, there is a need to not only understand both the protocols and procedures as described in the various TDL Standards, but also how those are put into practice during actual operational use.  The students were fully engaged in the material which is very rewarding as an instructor.  All provided very positive feedback”.

The students’ interest around Link 16 protocols and best practices meant that the Link 16 simulator proved to be particularly useful.  This simulation is a unique feature of SyntheSys courses, and aids each student in exploring what MIDS Link 16 provides, both on the operational and technical front.
The IFF training day included the civilian Mode S technology and the military Mode 5.  The students were particularly interested in how both Modes S & 5 data is exchanged via Link 16, right down to bit level, and the transmission rules.

Ski added: “We are able to provide a variety of TDL courses at virtually any location around the world.  We work closely with our customers to identify the most productive course structure, thus ensuring their training needs are always met.”  Anyone interested in holding similar combined, or separate courses, can email training@synthesys.co.uk.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Richard Hesketh has recently joined SyntheSys, bringing a wealth of experience to the company

Principal Consultant Richard is an IBM Rational tools specialist, with 19 years' experience of using, teaching, administering and customising DOORS.  In addition to DOORS, he has extensive skills in DOORS Next Generation and Rational Publishing Engine, as well as experience of Rational Quality Manager, Rational Performance Tester and Rational Functional Tester.  He also has skills in Windows and Linux system administration, and scripting.

Richard grew up in a Royal Air Force family, and has developed his skills around large defence and aerospace programmes and projects.  He was part of the team that created and developed the DOORS HealthCheck service offering associated tools and has developed training material around IBM requirements tools and Requirements Management good practice.  

Richard has also participated in and led requirements gathering and information architecture workshops for more than ten years.  He has wide experience in the defence, aerospace, rail, automotive, medical devices and pharmaceutical industries.  Richard has also worked as a solution architect and technical specialist on many IBM Rational tools deployments including DOORS and the Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management.

Currently he is focused on developing his interests and skills in the wider arena of systems engineering, with a particular interest in Model-Based Systems Engineering. Richard is a professional member of the British Computer Society and of the UK chapter of INCOSE, the International Council on Systems Engineering.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

SyntheSys accepted onto the United Kingdom (UK) Government Digital Marketplace ‘G-Cloud’ supplier list

The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies in departments of the UK Government, specifically information technology services that use cloud computing.

Suppliers are legally required to meet a set of minimum standards.  Only those suppliers who state that they meet these minimum standards in the supplier declaration are considered for a place on a framework agreement. 

We are thrilled to announce that we have been accepted for inclusion onto the supplier list in all three categories; Cloud hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support.  G-Cloud will provide a mechanism for clients to access leading IBM software and systems engineering solutions, with associated technical support and training from the SyntheSys team.  Our Software as a Service (SaaS) provision is driven by our cloudbaSE product. 

To find out more about our Government G-Cloud involvement, or to speak to us about your cloud hosting, software or support requirements contact info@synthesys.co.uk 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

SyntheSys Spring 2017 Training Newsletter Unveiled

Our Spring 2017 Training Newsletter is here!  It highlights how our three week Data Link Manager/Interface Control Officer (DLM/ICO) course continues to go from strength to strength and that our Defence Community Portal has gone live!  It is also packed with upcoming training courses, events and interesting facts and articles.  One not to be missed. To read the newsletter click here