The Importance of ITAD
In our current economic environment, Boards of Directors and CEOs are increasingly looking for ways to cut waste and make efficient use of every asset. This drive for efficiency demands that IT directors have an effective strategy for squeezing every penny out of their equipment. Perhaps the most critical part of this strategy is developing a plan for what to do with your IT equipment as it reaches the end of its lifecycle. In this post, we’ll explain the importance of IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) how you can benefit from ITAD services.
ITAD is the process of properly decommissioning, recycling, and disposing of IT hardware as it reaches the end of its usable life. Our first post in our ITAD series took a deep dive into the processes used in ITAD. Below we are going to detail the benefits a strategic ITAD program can bring to your business.
Benefits of ITAD
While some companies handle ITAD internally, most today find it more cost effective to work with a third party ITAD provider. Here’s how you will benefit from ITAD services being implemented in your organization:
- Cost savings: Gone are the days of buying new IT equipment and simply disposing of it when it ages. Through remarketing and repurposing, ITAD services open new revenue streams and ensure that you are getting the maximum value out of each component of your IT assets. Typically, specialized ITAD service providers perform these tasks at a lower cost than doing them internally.
- Data Security: Improperly disposed of data storage components can lead to catastrophic security breaches and the compromise of sensitive information. Whether you are decommissioning a data center or retiring the hard drives from an office full of laptops, your storage devices are first degaussed. Degaussing electronically removes the magnetic field of a drive rendering it unusable. Then the large pieces of hardware are broken down into tiny fragments. By using a reputable ITAD provider, you can have peace of mind knowing that the data on your decommissioned hardware has been eliminated and will never be compromised.
- Environmentally Friendly: IT devices contain heavy metals, a cocktail of hazardous chemicals, and other materials that are harmful to the environment. In a landfill, these could leak into groundwater or other environmentally sensitive areas. ITAD providers ensure that your old equipment is disposed of properly and in an eco-friendly manner.
What Devices are Suitable for ITAD?
ITAD services are often used for endpoint devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and even smartphones. When this is the case, your ITAD partner gives you the ability to properly wipe large numbers of devices so that they can be remarketed, redeployed, or recycled.
But ITAD is also suitable for larger hardware. There is an increasing movement today to companies moving their onsite data centers to cloud environments. In this case, ITAD services can ensure that your data is completely wiped, all asset tags are removed, and all components are responsibly recycled.
The bottom line is that all data-bearing IT equipment is a good candidate for ITAD services. This means that these services can be customized to meet your business’s specific needs. Whether you are looking to upgrade the aging laptops your employees use, or are decommissioning your data center, a good ITAD services provider will help you do so in the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way possible.
How We Can Help
Would your company benefit from implementing ITAD services? At Enlivened Tech, we can help you develop a strategy for managing the entire lifecycle of your IT equipment. Our ITAD services are a critical part of this process. If you would like to learn more about ITAD services for your company, fill out the form here, or give us a call at (513) 617-4822. We will give you a free evaluation of your IT systems and help you map out the ITAD process for your company.