Wednesday, 25 July 2018

SyntheSys is thrilled to have been accepted onto the Government’s Digital Marketplace updated ‘G-Cloud 10’ Supplier List

We are delighted to announce that we have been accepted for inclusion onto the G-Cloud supplier list in all three categories; Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support.  G-Cloud 10 replaces the G-Cloud 9 services.  The United Kingdom (UK) Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by departments of UK public-sector bodies.  Only suppliers who meet a set minimum standard are considered for a place on the G-Cloud 10 framework agreement.

G-Cloud provides a mechanism for clients to access leading IBM® software and systems engineering solutions through our cloudbaSE product, with associated technical support and training from our team.

For some years it has been impossible to ignore the increasing presence of ‘The Cloud’, our ‘Engineering Development and The Cloud’ article considers the merits of using Cloud Computing as a means to execute software and systems engineering projects in a global 24/7 environment.

To find out more about our Government G-Cloud involvement, or to speak to us about your cloud hosting, software or support requirements contact

Monday, 2 July 2018

SyntheSys to Exhibit at Manufacturing & Engineering 2018, 4 - 5 July at Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK.

We look forward to attending Manufacturing & Engineering 2018.  The event is one of its kind in the North of England and provides an environment for design engineers, manufacturers and production professionals to learn more about industry innovations and new products.
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with individuals to discuss the role that systems engineering plays within an organisation and how this can be developed and improved to achieve wider commercial objectives.

For more information, visit our event page here or come along to stand C5 to meet us at the show. 

Friday, 29 June 2018

‘Read All About it…’ OptimiSE Magazine hits the Airwaves

SyntheSys is delighted to announce the launch of OptimiSE Magazine, which is aimed at members of the Software and Systems Engineering Community.  The magazine aims to share best practices and technical insight and gives us a platform to share company news.  

This information magazine presents a collection of articles about Software and Systems and we hope that you, our colleagues and customers throughout the community, will find it both interesting and useful.

Get your free copy now to read more about:
  • How to optimise Software and Systems Engineering projects with Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) – page 6
  • Ask the Trainer ‘What are your top tips for Verification and Validation?’ – page 8
  • How certification benefits both individuals and organisations – page 10
OptimiSE Magazine is out now.  You can read the online magazine by visiting: or if you would like a free hard copy of the magazine please contact:

Monday, 18 June 2018

SyntheSys’ Social Media Presence is Changing – Stay in the Loop!

Dear Friends,

We would like to announce that we are making some changes to how we communicate with our valued Social Media followers.  We are confident that these changes will allow us to concentrate on sharing content and insights through the channels which you tell us are most used and valued. 

The recent growth we have seen across each of our individual business areas (Defence, Systems Engineering, Direct and Software) means that the topical demand for content is diverse, and we would like to serve our social communities more effectively by making the following improvements.

Company updates and valuable content across all of our business groups can now be seen via our LinkedIn Company page.  If you do not already follow us through LinkedIn, please follow our SyntheSys LinkedIn company page here.  Thereafter, following our Business Group showcase pages will tailor the types of updates you see from us, as follows:

  • For those who operate in a Defence arena, or who are interested in Tactical Data Link (TDL) sustainment, training and interoperability, please follow our SyntheSys Defence Showcase page here:
  • For those who operate in a more generalised Systems Engineering environment and would like to see useful advice and best practices around areas such as Collaborative Life cycle Management, Requirements Managements and Verification and Validation, please follow our SyntheSys Systems Engineering Showcase page here:
  • For those who use Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software to support your Systems and Software Development processes, and would like to hear more about tool supported Systems Engineering, please follow our SyntheSys Direct Showcase page here:
  • For those who develop software products and would like to keep up to date with the SyntheSys Software group, please follow our SyntheSys Software Showcase page here:
We would like to thank our valued customers, colleagues and friends for your loyal support in sharing and engaging with our Facebook and Twitter content over the years, and hope that this new approach will benefit the communities we aim to serve.

Kind Regards,

John S Hartas 
Managing Director

Friday, 16 March 2018

Issue 6 of TDL Technology magazine is now available – marking 30 years of success for the company

Our cover feature marks SyntheSys’ journey through the Tactical Data Link (TDL) environment over the past 30 years with an account from SyntheSys’ Managing Director, John S Hartas.  It certainly took us on a trip down memory lane. 

We continue to offer complementary space in our ‘Community Forum’ and in this issue we feature an article from Viasat and Alan Gore, Link and Communication Chief Engineer at Swedish F√∂rsvarets Materielverk (FMV).  We are thrilled that this area of the magazine is gaining traction.

Get your free copy now to read more about:

  • Next Generation Tactical Data Link Systems Engineering Tools - Page 8.
  • Viasat’s Multi Channel Link 16 Terminal - Page 10.
  • Ask the Trainer: Why and How is Variable Message Format (VMF) so Adaptable? - Page 14.
Most of our subscribers are aware that we offer a free resource in each issue; we are confident our latest resource will not disappoint.  We are extending access to our Capabilities and Limitations (Caps and Lims) Database which provides a myriad of facts about countries’ platforms and TDLs.  This is available via our Defence Community Portal which can be accessed via

To read the digital issues and subscribe to receive future e-magazines visit

Please let us know if you would like to receive a free hard copy by emailing

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

SyntheSys to Attend the NATO Tactical Data Link Symposium (NTDLS) 2018

SyntheSys will be attending NTDLS 2018 which will be taking place in Calpe, Spain on the 19th - 22nd March 2018.  NTDLS gives us the opportunity to talk to the community about how to adopt evolving Tactical Data Link (TDL) technologies, whilst solving challenges with legacy TDL technology.  We look forward to seeing members of the community at this event.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

SyntheSys Delivers Variable Message Format (VMF) over Combat Net Radio (CNR) Training to Airbus Defence & Space

SyntheSys Defence is delighted to announce it has recently delivered another two and half day VMF over CNR training course.  During day one, the course initially explored the history, basic features and operational users of VMF before progressing on to K-Series messages and their functional use.  The relevant United States (US) Military Standards were then introduced with focus on the mandated US/United Kingdom (UK) header.  On the second day, the attention at first switched to CNR and the many technical aspects, with emphasis on Types of Service and Network Access Control.  The second day concluded with the key VMF planning and network design parameters.  Finally, on day three Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) Block 1 & 2 Engineering Change Proposals were discussed in detail.

All students provided a feedback score of Excellent and identified that their top learning outcome from the course was the realisation of the potential complexities of both VMF and CNR interoperability.  Paul Czajkowski who presented the course said, “It’s extremely rewarding that those who attend our training courses, develop their knowledge of the subject so quickly and whilst doing so actually enjoy the experience!”

To find out more about SyntheSys Defence and how we can support you, email

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.