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About Us

Synthesis Software Technologies

About Us

It’s harder than ever to keep up with the competition and delight customers.

Especially as many technology solutions work out expensive, can be difficult to use and often don’t deliver on the promise.

At Synthesis, we believe businesses deserve better – innovative customised solutions using leading technologies that actually work.

For over 25 years, we have been partnering with the best in industry to make their goals a reality, solve the hard problems and make technology work for them.

Our team understands leading technology (with over 400 certifications and degrees), when and how to use them.

You don’t just get access to the people on your project but to the whole of the Synthesis network.  

We believe in using the best technology for you. 

Solutions need to be right, and this means that when something won’t work, we are not afraid to say so.

We take on projects that call for the greatest value delivered through leading technology.

These are some of the reasons AWS named us Consulting Partner of the Year 2021.

Synthesis is a true South African success story.”



The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole.

Success means:
  • Identifying top talent, equipping them with the skills to innovate and excel at pace.
  • Forming pioneering partnerships that bring cutting-edge technologies to clients.
  • Sharing expertise, resources and skills to help our community thrive.
  • Courageously using state of the art technology to solve real-world problems.
  • Using technology to help our customers leap forward.

Success is the culmination of these key ingredients.
Success is a Synthesis.

this is

Our Mission

Create innovative solutions based on emerging technologies to help our clients become globally competitive.

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+ Founded by Jake Shepherd &  Dr Jack Cohen when they decided to convert their passion for programming into a company of two.

Synthesis Software Technologies


+ Developed RegTech products for banks & treasuries.


+ Introduced Digital Channels offering.
+ Developed first internet banking platform.

Synthesis Software Technologies
Synthesis Software Technologies


+ Continued to win significant work in the Financial Sector 
with growth in staff & customer base.
+ Agile journey began.


+ Achieved 10 year 24% year-on-year profit growth.
+ Launched SaaS offering.
+Journey to cloud began.

Synthesis Software Technologies
Synthesis Software Technologies


+ Began AWS Partnership & Cloud Consulting
& enablement services.


+ Acquired by Capital Appreciation.
+ Achieved AWS Advanced Consulting Partner Status – first in Africa.
Synthesis Software Technologies
Synthesis Software Technologies


+ Achieved FS and DevOps Competency status.
+ Opened in Cape Town.


+ Achieved 5-year 28% CAGR EBIT growth from 2014 to 2019.
+ Achieved AWS Well-Architected Framework Competency.

Synthesis Software Technologies
Synthesis Software Technologies


+ Increased revenue by 41.5% to R195 million.
+ Qualified to offer AWS Immersion Days.
+ Achieved
AWS Microsoft Workload Competency.
Halo Dot first in Africa tap-on-phone technology.
+ Opened
Second Johannesburg Office.
+ Won APN Social Impact Partner of the Year Award. 


+ Increased revenue by 13.9% to R222.1 million.  
+ Achieved AWS Security Competency Designation.
+ Partnered with Trustonic to make pin entry possible for SoftPos.
+ Partnered with PCI Security Standards Council.
+ Hit 200 AWS Certification Milestone.
+ Awarded AWS Consultancy Partner of the Year SSA.

Synthesis Software Technologies
Synthesis Results


+ Increased revenue by 33.8% to the 297.2 million.

+ Synthesis & Responsive increased revenue by 75% for the 6 months ended September 2022.



In 2017 Capital Appreciation Limited, a JSE-listed Fintech company, acquired 100 percent of Synthesis. Following the acquisition, Synthesis remains an independent operating entity within the Capital Appreciation Group.