garrylengthorn

Consumer tech…

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Since I am now spending much more time at home with my own tech it has occurred to me how frustrating technology can still be for the consumer; especially since we are forever being told that tech and robots will rule the world one day if not already!

Last week I invested in some new running tech; namely a Be Mighty Music Player shipped from America and Bluetooth earphones from a small UK tech company called Bitmore.

I started looking at the Be Mighty, as Apple no longer ship nano products. The advantage of the Be Mighty is that it is the first Spotify product on the market that syncs existing playlists and provides connectivity via Bluetooth earphones so someone like me can enjoy those solid sounds from the 80’s offline; avoiding the need to carry a bulky device or a device capable of still receiving annoying messages and notifications.

A week later and I still cannot pair the two items even after escalating to both companies, doing a factory reset and sharing information to their tech teams; thankfully at least I have some knowledge of what I am doing; god knows how painful it would be if you were someone with zero IT skills! Maybe they would have just not bothered with running tech and to be honest I feel that way at the moment.

Now I know Bluetooth has a number of standards; so much so that it cannot be expected that all of them are compatible, but surely companies launching this kind of tech need to be geared up for this and being able to manage people’s expectations.

It is still 6 months until I run the London Marathon so hopefully I will find a solution, but what has really surprised me is the responsiveness of the two companies who ship these products.

To be fair Be Mighty were very responsive initially through email communication, but once a obvious fix was not forthcoming they have now gone very quiet! As for the supplier of the earphones, Bitmore, they have been useless; not even responding to my emails, tweets or phone call; to be honest I think they have gone under, but that raises a whole host of other things to consider in this world where tech seems to come and go very quickly!

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Back running again..

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

So I am now back in the groove running after a long break; with the goal of starting to build my training for the London Marathon next year.

Today was a very slow time, as trying to encourage my running partner, Grainne, to get herself back out again; she was suffering from a cold so we took it really easy; anyhow a small 4km under our belt…

What we do – Lengthorn Consultancy Ltd

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm

And here’s what we services we provide….

OUR SERVICES

Advice and recommendation of technology solutions to kick start a new business or scale a medium to enterprise organisation to grow their services and capabilities. Specifically, in the areas of:

➢ Implementing technology solutions around telephony, office productivity, collaboration and CRM solutions

➢ Developing a digital strategy

➢ Driving a technical roadmap in support of business activities

➢ Untangling the complexities of licensing to exploit full use of business

solutions and reduce unnecessary costs

➢ Demystifying technology jargon; especially around cloud and existing IT

services that have been implemented

➢ Assisting in risk assessments; around Cyber and insider threats

➢ Assisting in negotiating complex IT agreements and delivering

operational efficiencies and or reduced costs

➢ Mentoring senior management and IT professionals

OUR EXPERIENCE

Garry Lengthorn has over 30 years experience in the IT sector with over 20 of those years in senior management roles driving strategy and being a key decision maker.

In his most recent appointment at SThree he played a key role in:

➢ Enabling their European business to grow from just over 600 recruitment consultants to over 3000 in multiple global locations

➢ Supported SThree in becoming a public limited company with a successful track record of achieving significant growth targets managing annual IT budgets in excess of £14m

➢ Mitigating key threats to data from Cyber and insider crime

➢ Mentoring internal and external staff who were looking to develop their

recruitment, IT and management skills

➢ Driving significant digital projects including the implementation and

adoption of Salesforce, SAP and Office 365

➢ Transitioning over 200 Support Services staff (including all the IT

function) from London to Glasgow, as part of a £4m cost efficiency project

OUR APPROACH

We provide a very simple engagement exercise which ensures that our interaction provides significant value and return for our clients:

➢ An initial scoping exercise to understand what business issue or opportunity our engagement is expected to deliver?

➢ A comprehensive engagement with the business sponsor(s) and suppliers to ensure the potential solutions and or opportunities can be fully evaluated, and a solution proposed

➢ A documented proposal explaining the options, risks and commercial details with a clear proposal to move to an implemented solution

RECOMMENDATIONS

Mark Kelly – AI Exec Search

Garry was our global Director of IT Services when we worked together and is an extremely knowledgeable individual around managing technology and people. I recently engaged him for some assistance in setting up my new venture and he was instrumental in recommending a suitable solution.

Carl Clayton – Dell Secureworks

Garry’s wealth of knowledge is vast. My dealings with him have been varied and I have been impressed with his ability to identify areas in which he and his team can introduce best practice in order to improve efficiencies to help drive the business forward.

I would welcome the opportunity to work with Garry in the future and would have no hesitation in recommending Garry to anyone who is looking to launch a business idea or an established enterprise that needs someone to identify areas to improve upon to benefit the whole business.

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