CWI Can Help Do More Than Just Recycle Your Old Computers
IT asset recovery is the process of making sure you get the best value from your old, unwanted computer equipment.
It’s important work, but for many companies, not something they can do in-house.
Finding the right IT asset management firm is like shopping for any product or service: You need to consider a number of different factors before you decide what you want to buy or who you want to hire.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you’re in the market for an IT asset recovery solutions company.
The Right IT Life Cycle Management Can Help You Save
There’s a saying Ronald Reagan used in some of his presidential speeches: “You can’t spend yourself rich.”
But when it comes to your computer systems at work, you can certainly save yourself poor.
Rather than saving money by holding onto old computer systems, you might be hurting yourself more in the long run because of the cost of constantly having to repair or upgrade inferior systems.
Q. Are you losing more on productivity due to downtime than you’re saving on not buying new computers?
As we mentioned in a previous blog post that was published this past July, recent studies have shown that increasing numbers of companies are choosing not to remarket their retired computers and IT equipment, but to dispose of them instead.
Their reasoning? According to IT department heads, it comes down to a lack of confidence in the data security of most ITAD (IT Asset Disposition) companies.
Naturally, we want our IT remarketing clients — past, present and future — to have complete confidence in our data erasure standards. To that end, we’d like to share with you a case study of our own organization’s data security that was compiled by WhiteCanyon Software.
WhiteCanyon is a leading provider of security software; we partnered with the firm while searching for a solution to securely and permanently erase data from clients’ hard drives as efficiently and effectively as possible.
To learn more about how we’ve significantly streamlined our data erasure efforts, click here or on the image above to download the WhiteCanyon case study. (PDF)
The decision to buy a used computer, or a set of them for your business, is a balancing act between value and performance. Properly vetted, a good used computer can save you substantial money and provide you with an appreciable life span of highly productive use. To really make it worth your while and investment, however, there are a few questions you should ask before making the leap.
The decision to buy used computers can be a very sound, responsible investment for your IT needs if executed properly.
Depending on your company’s needs, well-maintained, used computers can fulfill your requirements quite well and at a fraction of the cost. But where you purchase your used computers and IT equipment can be the most important decision in the process.
Here are a few things to discover when you’re choosing the best place for you:
Actually, It Depends…
When to replace your used computers is a difficult question and there is no real right answer. Depending on what kind of computer it is, what it’s used for, and who you ask, you’ll most definitely get a different opinion.
As a recent Computerworld article explored, some computers are replaced every eighteen months, some every five. Most every three to four years. Shorter for laptops than desktops, due to their travel and durability issues. But as new software continues to gobble up and require more processing power, and higher computing power becomes more and more affordable, the lure and logic of trading in all your used computers becomes more pressing.
As a company or an individual, your challenges are similar when it comes to getting rid of unwanted used computer assets.
Whether monitors, hard drives, laptops, desktops, printers, or servers, you want to find the best way to get rid of your unwanted assets while protecting your sensitive personal data, minimizing negative environmental impact, and maximizing ROI.
There are 3 common routes to take when disposing of used computer assets:
The fear of valuable information remaining in older computers may be preventing an appreciable number of companies from remarketing or reselling old computers and other IT equipment.
A recent study of UK companies showed that a large number of IT department heads are choosing, instead, to dispose of valuable hardware that still has years of useful life remaining. Our guess is that we would see a similar trend among US companies.