If you read about Native American people who lived on the plains, you come across the same concept over and over:
“They wasted no part of the buffalo.”
Well, that’s sort of how you should think of folks who work in the field of IT asset management: they want to be sure no part of your computer goes to waste.
But that’s getting ahead of ourselves. First we need to answer two questions: “What is IT asset management?” and “If it involves getting use out of old computers, how is it any different from computer recycling?”
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)
When a business is ready to turn over its computer equipment and upgrade to the latest systems, recycling is often the first thought.
Recycling used computers is a good idea, granted, much better than a one-way trip to the landfill, but there’s a much better approach: used computer remarketing.
Remarketing is About Extracting More Value
The idea behind remarketing is that most computers, especially those sourced from a corporate environment, have more life left in them than one might think. This is a result of two thoughts: Corporate environments tend to take much better care of their IT assets, and many companies take pride in staying on the cutting edge of technology, so they’ll replace computers on a fairly brisk 3-5 year cycle.
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.