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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!


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….


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


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


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


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.

Launch with lunch of Lengthorn Consultancy Ltd

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

On Monday, myself and my wife Grainne, launched our new business venture.

Lengthorn Consultancy Ltd uses the strength of my IT and people knowledge gained over 30 years in the industry to help small to medium business get off the ground and or to go to the next level.

It was only appropriate that my wife of 26 years becomes my partner on this exciting new stage of our life and the only way to launch this was via a business lunch in the City of London.

Back online

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2018 at 1:28 pm

After several years of no activity I am now actively creating blog posts again….

06-Nov-12 Britpop Windows!

In Blog, Personal, Uncategorized on November 6, 2012 at 7:27 am

The mid nineties might be remembered for the age of Britpop dominated by bands such as Oasis and Blur, but its hard to believe that 17 years ago the first Microsoft operating system to introduce Internet Explorer was released.

Windows 95, back in the day, was a bit of a game changer, as Microsoft promised that it was the biggest transformation in desktop computing (at the time).


Back then, Microsoft were the leading software company in the world, as IBM faded from being the previous masters. Apple were only a little thorn in Bill Gates side at the time; how times have changed.

95 was significant, as it was truly Microsoft’s first attempt at a proper network operating system, after 3.11 (Windows for Workgroups) followed Windows 3.

These were indeed special times, as the iconic start menu button was released to the world and Microsoft were keen to get Internet Explorer released, as there was a view that the World Wide Web might become quite a big thing!

The current Windows 8 version might also be an iconic release for Windows, as the world and the desktop space has certainly changed dramatically. Let’s hope this version keeps them in the game, as although not always the most popular giant, they have certainly transformed my industry and my life over the last 20 years!


23-Oct-12 Friday night dinner!

In Blog, Personal, Uncategorized on October 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’ve been a bit irregular with my blogs of late, hence today I felt I was due one! Especially as I needed cheering up, as work has been a tad stressful recently. Too many road maps, budgets and business cases!

What made me giggle at lunchtime was a wonderful quote that my daughter sent me from ‘Friday Night Dinner’, a comedy on Channel 4 in the UK, which has been reduced to  ‘peak’ viewing on Sunday at 10 o’clock!

Although initially drawn to the first series via Simon Bird (Inbetweeners), who plays one of the sons, Adam (or is it Jonny), it was actually the character of Jim (played by Mark Heap), who completely steals the show.

Jim is a very strange neighbour, who is scared of the most cutest Alsatian (Wilson) you have ever seen, and always appears at the most inconvenient time for help.


Jim. Brilliant, albeit a bit strange!


Wilson. Cute and not scary at all!

If you get a chance and want an introduction to the now hilarious second series, watch this clip from last Sunday.

It had me in stitches!

12-Oct-12 No more budgets please!

In Blog, Personal, Uncategorized on October 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

The end of another week! Budgets, budgets and more budgets this week, but at least I’ve got to a stage where first drafts have been submitted!

This week, I’ve had lots of opportunities to play with my new Google Nexus 7 and I have to stay that I am very impressed.

Yes it lacks the screen estate of the iPad and also 3G, but what a reliable device this is for my particular needs; especially as I use it for work via Good to access my email and calendar (much better than an Apple device, as it syncs in the background when a network connection is present), my social interaction via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin, as well as accessing my personal emails.

As I am fortunate enough to use a Mi-Fi device (mobile dongle), I can use the two hour commute each day to full effect.

This week, I was an attendee at our CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) committee meeting, which was hosted by our chairman, Clay Blendish, as I represent the technology strand at SThree. For those who are not familiar with CSR, typically its focus is about how your organisation supports the environment, community and workplace.


It was an absolute pleasure to get to meet Clay and get first hand experience of his business knowledge that has clearly made him successful. I am also working on this project with some extremely talented SThree staff, which is also exciting.

I’ve since been reminded that Clay owns a Fishery. Hmm. One of my personal targets is eating a fish I catch! I wonder if I dare mention!

I also started my investigations this week in to Solar panel systems. As you are probably aware, the government is providing incentives for home owners to install these systems, which involve a number of large panels installed on the roof.

Its a bit like buying double glazing, whereby the salesman just think you will pay the first price quoted (typically 30-40% dearer than it should be). With these solutions, its probably even easier to sell, as you actually get a return due to an annual cash refund incentive, as well as a reduction in your bill. I intend to follow up with these over the weekend and will keep you updated on my shrewd negotiations!


Use up as much power as you like Grainne. Its sunny out here!


In Uncategorized on June 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

A good football session last night was rounded off by a few weekly beers. Thomas, my son, played for the first time in months (scored 5 goals) and I have to say how wonderful it is to play in the same team considering our age difference (especially as he has so much energy)!

Euro 2012 kicks off today and what a shame that the scumbag of society are trying to blight a major sporting event with racism and or anti-semitism.

We can only keep our fingers crossed that the next few weeks go smoothly without any team having to resort to walking off the pitch or cancelling their training routine, but I do hope that someone senior in the football world (take some responsibility Platini) makes decisions on events in future that are for the good of the game and not for the money!

Come on England. Let’s have a good tournament (for once)!


In Uncategorized on June 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

What a brilliant bit of television last night. The first episode of the secret history of our streets was about the place where I spent all of my childhood and teenage years.


I never knew this insight in to what transformed Deptford and it was absolutely fascinating, albeit a tad annoying and disappointing that the council had such a big role to play.

Looking forward to the next episode, which is about Camberwell Grove.

As the LinkedIn fiasco continued, I took the opportunity last night to change my password and download a new version of their app to my Apple devices, as apparently the new version contains a number of bug fixes!

Had an interesting debate with one of my colleagues, Mathias Ziolo, on the Facebook article I covered yesterday. He thinks Twitter might disappear first, as Facebook more profitable. Interesting angle? Anyone else any views?

Is it me or does anyone else like Twibbons? Today ITV launched one to support your team in the Euro’s, hence I’ve updated my profile picture appropriately!

The first underground stations to get WiFi have been announced. None of them are on my route!

Nice article about boosting your Windows 7 laptop performance. My suggestion would be spend the money on an iPad! Would I have said that a year ago!

To close, I have to say how humble I was today to be sent a bottle of bubbly by some of my colleagues in relation to my recent promotion. SThree and it’s staff really do show their values!

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