The notion of being “disowned” isn’t a pleasant one, but the term takes on a different meaning when we talk about mobile devices.
Mobile devices are increasingly becoming part of the workspace thanks to the “bring your own device” movement, and companies have begun to adjust to this phenomenon by setting up what are known as mobile device management (MDM) programs.
An MDM program can help an organization – whether it’s a business, a school system or a government agency – integrate and keep track of its mobile devices, ensuring its technology is secure and functional as possible.
These terms are likely part of your lexicon if you’re in charge of technology where you work. If not, they will be soon.
MDM is “mobile device management,” while BYOD stands for “bring your own device,” and the two concepts are intertwined.
BYOD means what it sounds like. A company lets employees work using their own mobile devices, typically laptops, tablets or smartphones.
MDM is the practice of administering those devices, or company-owned mobile devices. It lets a company or organization secure, monitor, integrate and manage its mobile devices. The idea is to make sure that devices are as secure and functional as possible, while also protecting your network.
It’s also important to think about the value of your used mobile devices, and the importance of finding a re-seller who’s equipped to manage them when your organization wants to sell its assets.
Does your office have BYOD (“bring your own device”) policy?
Or do you prefer to have your workers CYOD (“choose your own device”)?
The two sound the same, but there’s a fairly crucial difference. BYOD means a company allows workers to use technology – tablets, smartphones, or laptops – they brought from home. It can save an organization on hardware costs, and makes employees feel more comfortable. The downside, as Forbes noted last year, is that a BYOD fleet is much harder to secure.
In a CYOD office, workers need to pick from a list of preapproved devices, which makes them easier to secure. In either case, the security of your company’s data is key.
A recent report by the European Union found that only about a third of Europe’s e-waste is being disposed of properly.
“The rest wound up in landfills and black market sales and exports, which can lead to economic, environmental and health problems,” Newsweek said. “Proper disposal methods for e-waste exist, but many European consumers and companies don’t use them.”
This isn’t just Europe’s problem. A study by the United Nations released earlier this year found that the United States had the dubious honor of being the world’s biggest e-waste dumpers, discarding 7.1 million tons of e-waste.
For a long time, the name “BlackBerry” called to mind images of the mobile devices busy people – including President Obama – used to organize their lives.
But over the past few years, BlackBerry has begun to try to reinvent itself, from a company that sells mobile devices to a company that provides enterprise mobility management services.
Enterprise mobility management (EMM) is the practice of securing, monitoring, integrating and managing the smartphones, tablets and laptops used by a business, whether they’re employee-owned or provided by the company.
Imagine having to spend a quarter of a billion dollars to upgrade your technology.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics doesn’t have to imagine. They’re doing it.
According to Computerworld, the ABS will spend $250 million over the next five years to replace its aging IT systems, some of which are 30 years old.
Chances are the technology at your workplace doesn’t go back to the 1980s. And it’s probably a good bet you’re not spending $50 million a year to make computer upgrades.
But the point is that you’re spending money when you replace your IT assets.
You could simply recycle your old equipment, but IT asset recovery and remarketing companies like CWI can go a few steps further, finding a way to reuse your technology in a responsible way while also giving you the best value for your old devices.
In 2008, 60 Minutes traveled to southern China and promised to show viewers “one of the most toxic places on earth.”
It was a place, said correspondent Scott Pelley “where you can’t breathe the air or drink the water…where the blood of the children is laced with lead.”
How had the town of Guiyu gotten that way? Much of the blame lies with e-waste: old computers, cell phones and other electronic devices thrown away by Americans who thought they were recycling their technological assets.
Instead, these electronics were shipped to China, and then broken down for the valuable metals inside them, leaving toxic materials like mercury and lead behind.
And not much has changed since 2008. A recent report by Reuters found that Guiyu remains one of the largest — if not the largest — e-waste dump in the world.
Stories like this illustrate why it’s best to find an asset recovery solutions company with an environmentally responsible worldview. At CWI, most of the equipment we process can be resold and reused, which is the greenest way to dispose of old devices.
Will we see a day where tablets and smartphones outnumber desktop or laptops at the office?
More than one expert seems to think so.
Last year, the market research firm Gartner said that by 2018, more than half of all users will use a tablet or smartphone for all online activity.
“The use pattern that has emerged for nearly all consumers, based on device accessibility, is the smartphone first as a device that is carried when mobile, followed by the tablet that is used for longer sessions, with the PC increasingly reserved for more-complex tasks,” Gartner research vice president Van Baker said in a statement at the time.
As the technology drops in price and Wi-Fi becomes more prevalent to meet the needs of a BYOD (“bring your own device”) culture, use of tablets and smartphones is expected to become more common.
Your computers won’t last forever, and when it’s time to replace them, you want to be sure you can get the best value for your old equipment while also ensuring your data stays secure.
That’s where an IT asset management company like CWI can help.
Let’s say you work as an IT manager for a large corporation—or maybe a government office or a school—that’s replacing nearly all its IT assets with newer and faster technology: new PC towers and monitors for every desk; new tablets and smartphones for every employee.
Without a doubt, that’s the sort of expenditure that doesn’t come cheap. But what if there was a way to recoup some of the costs involved with the large scale replacement of IT equipment?
As it happens, there is. And a process known as IT asset recovery is where it all begins.
It asset recovery is a complicated term for a relatively simple process. The bottom line is that most computing equipment replaced by organizations today still has significant market value. That’s why simply disposing of old IT hardware just doesn’t make sense.
And from a financial point of view, allowing it to gather dust in a storage closet is almost worse: If your company’s unused and outdated equipment needs to be stored at a specific temperature or humidity level to prevent deterioration, for instance, you’re essentially wasting money around the clock. Ouch.
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Those of us here at CWI have been in the IT asset recovery business for nearly 20 years. We know from first-hand experience that selling used IT assets such as computers, tablets, printers, and scanners can do much more than create a surplus of storage space. It also turns the equipment your organization can’t use into the currency it desperately needs to pay for new hardware. Yes, it’s a cliché, but that’s what we call a win-win.
Here’s how it works: