Thursday, 11 January 2018

SyntheSys starts the New Year on a high having attained IBM® Gold Business Partner Status.

SyntheSys is delighted to announce that we have attained IBM® Gold Business Partner status in the Watson IoT™ Continuous Engineering Competency.  Achieving the Gold Status is no mean feat, and is something we are extremely proud of having gone through a series of stages and assessments to demonstrate our expert knowledge of IBM® tools, how satisfied our IBM® licence customers are, and our ability to reach new customers.

The partner status was achieved following our restructure during 2017, which saw the formation of a new associate group, SyntheSys Direct.  The group handles all licensing, transactional and technical matters connected with software distribution and is led by Managing Director, Su Ross.
Su comments ‘’2017 has been a momentous year for us, so to come into the New Year on such a high note only adds to the positivity we have for 2018.  For us, achieving Gold status has always been about ensuring we are consistently developing our business in a way which benefits and adds value to our customers.  We feel there is no better ‘stamp of approval’ than IBM® awarding us with Gold status.  We will continue to assist our customers to achieve success in their new and existing development projects by continuing to deliver flexible software and solution options, unrivalled consultancy services and unique training packages.’’

Software licence sales is just one element of what we do here at SyntheSys, our offerings stretch much further than deployment of technology.  We facilitate organisations to be able to develop and implement sound management and software & systems development strategies that cut capital investment costs related to Information Technology (IT) purchases.  Our consultancy services are always job-specific and we offer advice on best-practice application of IBM Watson IoT™ tools to real-world development projects.  Our support services include deployment, training, maintenance, and enhancements.  We offer a service where we will work as part of a project team and complete integration, management and development work on behalf of customers.

We welcome discussions around your current and future development projects to understand where SyntheSys Direct can be of assistance and how we may be able to service your development software requirements.  Please contact Su on +44 (0) 7484 915743 or visit the SyntheSys Direct website at

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

New VMF Course Hits the Airwaves

In a fast-moving training environment, both operators and engineers need to recognise and subsequently educate themselves as to the latest developments and enhancements. Here at SyntheSys Defence we recognise the importance of this and ensure our training courses provide the most comprehensive learning possible.  Accordingly, we are pleased to announce our new 2.5-day VMF training course which will provide students with both technical and operational instruction on VMF over a Combat Net Radio (CNR) bearer.

The course references US MIL-STD, NATO ATDLPs and UK specification documentation, as well as other technical and operational directives, such as the operational usage of VMF over CNR.  In particular, the course focuses on the VMF Message set and syntax as described in MIL-STD-6017B, the Application Header defined in MIL-STD-2045-47001D Change 1, and the CNR Bearer protocols identified in MIL-STD-188-220D Change 1.  Discussion on the latest revisions of the document set then follows.

Interoperability between systems is discussed in depth, as well as the operational use of VMF. Furthermore, the course has utilised operator procedures detailed within the US Joint Multi-TADIL Operating Procedures. Each student will receive a copy of each of our highly regarded VMF and CNR Handbooks.  These handbooks provide excellent in-depth detail and instruction on both subjects, and act as a valuable reference.

Training Manager Paul Czajkowski said ‘Our VMF training course provides a balanced approach. We recognise that the requirements of the operational community, compared to that of engineers can, on many occasions, be very different.  Our flexible approach ensures we incorporate as many learning styles as possible, according to the role of those attending the course.  The VMF course includes subjects such as message set and syntax, CNR bearer protocols, VMF Planning, Network Access Control, through to Digitally Aided Close Air Support Block 1 & 2 Engineering Change Proposals.’

For further detail, download the information sheet here, or to receive a full syllabus, contact or call +44 (0) 1947 821 464. 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

SyntheSys’ Latest Training Newsletter Available Now

The Christmas 2017 edition of our training newsletter is available now for you to read hereIt’s a fact that 2017 has been a great year for our varied and interesting courses, the newsletter gives an insight into what our training team has been up to whilst giving details of what we have in store for 2018.

Friday, 17 November 2017

SyntheSys announces 2018 Systems Engineering Training dates

Following the overwhelming interest we have had during 2017 for our systems engineering training, we are delighted to announce that we have confirmed our dates for our 2018 courses.

Whether you are completely new to systems engineering processes, or are studying for certification, our courses equip you to take the next step in your career as a systems engineer.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Copies of TDL Technology Magazine Issue 5 are winging their way to subscribers across the globe - but you can access the magazine online first!

With a handy Tactical Data Link Interoperability Test (TDLIOT) Initiative Help Sheet, as well as useful Technical Knowledge Bank articles, Issue 5 is not to be missed.  We continue to feature articles from key personnel within the industry as part of our Community Forum section and have a brand-new feature for this latest issue.

In this issue:
  • In the News - Consolidation of Defence and TDL news pieces from around the globe.
  • Bundeswehr – Lt. Col. Volker Schaaf talks TIMBER EXPRESS.
  • JREAP Vs SIMPLE – Understand the difference.
  • Ask the Trainer – The exchange of MODE S and MODE 5 over MIDS Link 16 and its impact.
Don’t forget the Community Forum is open to all readers to voice opinions, share best practices, ask a question, or simply communicate interesting news with our readers.  Do not hesitate to contact us with any ideas you may have for articles.

TDL Technology is completely FREE to read.  Prefer to flick through the pages?  We will happily send you a copy, simply email

Thank you for your continued support,

The TDL Technology Team 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

SyntheSys will be attending the International Data Links Symposium (IDLS) 2017 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 30 October to 2 November.

Consultant Kevin Farquhar and Training Manager Paul Czajkowski (Ski) will be running a MIDS Link 16 & Link 22 Network Design Workshop Training Day on 30 October.

They will also be giving some interesting and apt presentations throughout the event including ‘TDLs in Coalition - Truly one team, one fight?’, ‘Multi-TDL Planning’ and ‘Network Management’.

One of the key advantages of IDLS is the spontaneous, ad hoc networking that takes place among the delegates.  Kevin said: “Ski and I are really looking forward to attending IDLS.  It will be the perfect opportunity to meet new and established contacts and customers.”

If you would like to arrange a time to speak to our staff, contact

Friday, 13 October 2017

SyntheSys to Exhibit at Advanced Engineering 2017 1 & 2 November 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK.

We are eagerly anticipating this year's Advanced Engineering event.  The event is the UK’s biggest annual event for professionals working within an engineering environment and aims to connect suppliers with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and top tier industry players.  We look forward to meeting professionals who work within disciplines such as Research and Development (R&D), design, test, production and procurement.

We will be on hand to discuss our systems engineering training, Systems of Systems thinking capability, cloudbaSE product and our partnership with IBM.  Our Technical consultants, Mark Williamson and Matt Mendell, will be joined by Su Ross from our associate company, SyntheSys Direct, and they look forward to having many informal chats over coffee!

For more information, visit or come along to stand N73 in the Aero Engineering area (Hall 3) to meet us at the show. 

Monday, 4 September 2017

SyntheSys confirms additional 2017 training dates for its popular Systems Engineering Foundation Course

Systems Engineering is not just about developing a system.  It is an interdisciplinary approach and method which results in a successful system that meets client requirements.  Today’s IT professional needs to have a good understanding of what is meant by ‘Systems Engineering’ and how proper application of sound methodology will have a positive output on overall engineering projects.

Our 2-day Systems Engineering Foundation Course provides a high-level foundation to the principles and practices of Systems Engineering.  The course is aligned with the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook V.4 and provides an introduction and overview of the processes required for successful Systems Engineering delivery on projects.

By popular demand, we are delighted to announce that we have confirmed additional 2017 dates. The next course will be held at Branston Hall Hotel, Lincoln, UK on 4th and 5th October 2017.

This course is suitable for both engineers and non-engineers; those whose role integrates with a software or systems development process will benefit from attending the course.

For more information download the course information sheet here or contact to reserve your space. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

SyntheSys has been accepted onto the register of the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS).

RISQS is designed to provide the rail industry with ownership and control of its supplier qualification arrangements.  RISQS is the entry point for suppliers and the register is used as a United Kingdom (UK) supplier qualification service. 

SyntheSys has already had several successes in the railway industry and will now receive updates from the register on contract opportunities which we may want to bid for.

The organisation helps suppliers be formally recognised as proficient providers of products and services to the UK rail industry by providing an open register which they have to qualify to join.  RISQS is sponsored by a board of representatives recruited from across the rail industry and reporting to the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) which provides a range of support services to ensure successful delivery of the projects. 

We are delighted to have been accepted onto the register and we are confident this will continue to support our growth in new markets. 

For more information on the work we have been doing within the rail industry, and what RISQS means for your organisation, contact

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.

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