AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region Launch

At Synthesis, we believe in leveraging the power of cloud computing to create customer experiences that notably excite, engage and inspire longevity in consumer relationships. 

With the global acceptance of cloud computing as the new normal for any digitally enabled business, we have, over the last six years, deliberately cultivated vast experience and authentic expertise in helping our customers holistically adopt AWS at scale.

As the first AWS Advanced Consulting partner in Africa and the Middle East, we’ve continued to build on our strategic partnership with AWS by being the first partner to achieve the AWS Financial Services and DevOps competencies, being part of the Well-Architected Program as well as holding over 150 AWS certifications within the organisation.

In partnership with the AWS Africa (Cape Town) Region Launch, we’ve distilled our learnings into a range of comprehensive offers to help you through every step of the journey, from project inception to realising technology reinvention, with training built in at the core.

Offers end 30 June 2020.

AWS Africa Region Launch offers

Synthesis Free Well Architected Review

Synthesis Free Well-Architected Review

Is your infrastructure secure, high-performing, resilient, and efficient? With AWS cloud, the sky is the limit when you build on strong foundations. A Synthesis AWS Well-Architected Review will ensure your infrastructure meets AWS best standards, so your foundation is built to support every level of your cloud journey. We provide a thorough assessment of your architecture against the AWS Well-Architected Framework and map improvements based on best practices.

Why Synthesis?

Synthesis is a part of a select group of certified AWS Well-Architected Partners worldwide. As a pioneer in cloud with experience across numerous verticals, Synthesis builds on the AWS Well-Architected Framework with years of expertise and experience. Our reviews have enabled customers to maximise cloud security, performance, resilience and efficiency while reducing cloud spend. We are passionate about enabling cloud as a means to truly enable business. For a limited period, we will be sharing this expertise through a free Synthesis WellArchitected Review.  

AWS Well Architected Framework  

Continual improvement of the cloud environment is vital to optimise cost, performance and other competitive advantages, and ensure governance and security. This requires a continuous review of existing workloads. Synthesis applies the Well-Architected Framework to remediate across key areas. 

AWS’ Well-Architected Framework is based on five pillars that encapsulate a set of core strategies and best practices for architecting systems in the cloud.  Synthesis’ Well-Architected Review assesses cloud systems against these five pillars:

  1. Operational Excellence. Running and monitoring systems to deliver business value and continually improvprocesses and procedures.  
  2. Security. Protect information, systems and assets while delivering business value through risk assessments and mitigation strategies. 
  3. Reliability. Prevent and quickly recover from infrastructure or service disruptions. 
  4. Performance Efficiency. Use computing resources efficiently to meet system requirements and maintain efficiency as demand changes and technologies evolve. 
  5. Cost Optimisation. Run systems to deliver business value at the lowest price point. 

What does a Synthesis Well-Architected Review Entail? 

A Synthesis Architect will provide an in-depth analysis of the workload across the Five Pillars of the AWS Well-Architected Framework. This can take anywhere between two and four hours to complete, depending on the size of the workload. They will then provide a detailed review scorecard, report and action plan to assist with remediation, areas of improvements and to ensure cloud optimisation 

The Well-Architected partner programme has the additional benefit of providing AWS consumption credits for each remediation. This is currently set to a maximum of R90 000 per remediated workload, a portion of which is used to offset consulting costs. 


Synthesis Launchpad

Get your workloads ready to deploy for production.

Our AWS Launchpad is the ideal way to stress test your infrastructure and team’s readiness to move a workload into production in just three days. It combines AWS best-practices into one offering that ensures successful deployment.

It includes three essential components – Well-Architected Framework, Operations Integration and Game Days to ensure production readiness.

Day 1: Well-Architected Framework (10 – 15 participants)
Day 2: Operations Integration (10 – 15 participants)
Day 3: Custom Gameday: (10 – 15 participants)

The pre-launch checklist includes:

  1. Apps teams enabled
  2. Engineering supported
  3. Apps ready for production
  4. CTO and Cloud Teams supported
  5. Low touch, high impact
  6. Focus on enablement
  7. No dependency on Synthesis
  8. Metrics driven

The 10 Day LZ

Looking to accelerate your Cloud journey at warp speed? We will deploy a fully functional AWS Landing Zone in just 10 days.

An AWS Landing Zone is a solution that accelerates your journey to Cloud ensuring a secure, multi-account AWS environment based on AWS best practices. The AWS Landing Zone helps save time by automatically setting up an environment for running secure and scalable workloads. Synthesis will ensure you have a baseline environment in just ten days including multi-account architecture, identity and access management, governance, data security, network design, and logging.

Synthesis has distilled six years of cloud experience and numerous enterprise engagements learning into a set of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) modules to help you scale your Cloud Team as the demand in your organisation grows, ensuring you are building repeatable environments at pace that meets the most stringent industry standards.

To showcase the capabilities of your Landing Zone, a few sample workloads will be deployed into the environment. These include a traditional 3-tier application, a static website and a microservices based application.

Before migrating your first workload into your new environment, Synthesis will perform an AWS Well Architected Review to ensure the workloads are fit for cloud and designed to optimally leverage the benefits AWS.

Synthesis Accelerator

Synthesis Accelerator equips teams to create highly available and repeatable patterns in an automated way.

The focus is on Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and deployed through code pipelines. The ultimate objective is to deploy your code into production in a pipeline. This offer will accelerate the maturity of deployments across your AWS environments. It is about speed, time to market for new applications and decreasing deployment frequency, thereby increasing the amount of features you can release to your clients. The offer helps your Application Team with the skills to automate through pipelines and IaC.

Our Principles

  • Start small: Small (2 Weeks), Medium (4 Weeks), Large (8 Weeks) Accelerators
  • “Earn your wings” through Proof of Concepts beforehand
  • Comprehensive AWS training from the start (best practice must be built in)
  • Hands-on-keyboard time for dev’s to drive (less reliance on Synthesis – easier to upskill and retain knowledge this way)
  • Mob Programming: Build together (collocate and collaborate)
  • 100% dedicated application teams
  • Clearly defined roles for each team for faster issue resolution
  • Application teams demo knowledge (best practice, solution & benefits, e.g. CI/CD and IaC) to their managers
  • Highly Available and Repeatable Patterns – automated and templatised

Cloud Economics Training

Don’t know your A from AWS?

Not sure what this new region really means for you? The Synthesis Academy will help you understand the economics of moving to cloud, its benefits and potential areas of impact on your business – not just the financial cost or change processes required, but the possibilist thinking that can create new, innovative services for your customers. We’ll even show you how to leverage the benefits of the new AWS Africa Region.

Each course is designed for the various levels of decision-making in your business, and is uniquely tailored to your industry. Our facilitators are Cloud experts with extensive experience in building and migrating cloud environments, so you get the benefit of our years of practice.

1. Introductory Self-Paced Digital Training

This foundational level digital course introduces key cloud concepts relevant to business teams and technical teams alike. It explains the interaction between commercial business drivers and cloud architecture and practice, ensuring a solid base on which to build your cloud knowledge.

This 60-minute module is a pre-requisite for the Advanced Cloud Economics Training.

2. Cloud Economics Training for Executives

This one day instructor-led course helps C-suite and other senior decision makers (including those leading a Business or Technology Team) articulate the business value, impact and risk factors of a cloud journey. This allows business leaders to make cost-effective, value-driven decisions to enhance and support their business objectives.

3. Advanced Cloud Economics Training

This two-day facilitated session is aimed at senior members of Finance and Cloud Teams responsible for executing, approving and monitoring. It takes a practical deep-dive into the levers available for optimising cost, and highlights culture changes required for ultimate cost transparency.

20/20 Vision

Synthesis will migrate 20 of your workloads in just 20 days into the AWS Cloud.

We have established a tried and tested approach through years of experience migrating thousands of workloads from on-premise or hosting environments into the Cloud. We ensure your business gains all the benefits of migrating to Cloud and fast. With our extensive Infrastructure as Code (IaC) repository, we leverage years of experience to migrate at speed and according to best cloud practise.

A Well-Architected Review is included to ensure everything is done according to best practise. The last day is dedicated to learning through our Jetpack series, ensuring a smooth handover.

Do you want to host your own workloads or run them yourself? We can provide you with all the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Synthesis JetPack

Synthesis JetPack is a unique series of story-based, immersive learning interventions, aimed at rapidly building real-world competence in your technical environments.

Our gamified approach means that we teach more than just tech: we also develop collaboration, teamwork and deep problem solving skills. You won’t find this methodology or this kind of deep learning anywhere else!

AWS Jumpstart is our flagship JetPack offering, upskilling new resources to be able to deploy workloads into production. Over one action-packed day, participants are introduced to basic AWS services, provisioning resources as Infrastructure as Code (IAC), and troubleshooting them. We underpin the live scenarios with solid theory, entrenching the “cloud-ilities” (securability, scalability, availability and operability), and provide foundational knowledge of the pillars of the Well-Architected Framework.

The introductory self-paced digital Cloud Economics course, AWS Cloud Practitioner or AWS Technical Essentials are pre-requisites for this programme.

Synthesis is a partner reseller of AWS classroom training. This means you can now get your whole team to attend accredited AWS classroom training, which leads to AWS certification.

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