In our previous blog article, we reviewed the essence of Hardware Asset Management (HAM) and discussed how it forms the backbone of a well-functioning enterprise IT ecosystem. Now we would like to highlight the next step: IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) – a crucial process that takes place at the end of the IT asset lifecycle. While it may be tempting to overlook this component, maximizing the value from IT Asset Disposition is critical to the financial health of your business, security, and sustainability.
Why is IT Asset Disposition important?
Gartner predicts that worldwide approximately $1 billion will be spent on IT hardware by 2024. This includes data center systems, general end-user hardware and mobile devices. As discussed in my previous blog, HAM practices are critical in managing IT hardware in organizations where a large amount of assets could lead to financial risks and operational bottlenecks. Hardware has a certain lifespan. With the rapid advancement of technology, applications are evolving to become more complex and resource intensive. This increased demand puts a strain on hardware assets, which may struggle to provide the necessary computational power, storage capacity, or network bandwidth required by these applications or even end-users. Older hardware will (mechanically) break down over time and software support for older hardware will also eventually end, meaning that hardware assets will also be more vulnerable for security threats. While the hardware asset may not fully meet the requirements of the organization or end-user, it can still be leveraged effectively, providing value and benefits to the organization.
The proces and opportunities of ITAD.
There is an opportunity to extract value from these older assets through proper IT Asset Disposition practices. This involves not only disposing of the assets in a safe and environmentally friendly manner but also exploring avenues to maximize their residual value. Old IT hardware, such as workstations, laptops, servers, and other electronic devices, may contain valuable resources that can be reused. Maximizing the value of IT assets during the disposition process brings tangible benefits to the organization.
- It can help recover a portion of the initial investment, offset the costs associated with acquiring new assets, or even generate revenue streams through the resale of refurbished assets. In my experience, clients are often not aware of the actual value of (soon to be) decommissioned hardware and how they can leverage this hardware to support the organization one last time.
- Equipment that remains in good condition, functioning properly, or can be economically repaired and restored, will undergo repair and re-marketing processes by your ITAD provider. Subsequently, the cost of selling the asset is shared between you and your supplier, typically in a 70-30 split in your favor.
Het belang van gegevensbeveiliging bij IT Asset Disposition.
In addition to maximizing the value of your IT assets, ensuring data security is a crucial component of IT Asset Disposition. In today’s digital landscape, it is paramount to prioritize the secure disposal of sensitive business information before equipment is discarded or reassigned. E.g., Storage mediums that are not thoroughly wiped can still contain ‘deleted’ sensitive data. Insufficient data security measures can result in data breaches, reputational harm, and legal ramifications. Consequently, incorporating data erasure and data carrier destruction as integral parts of your ITAD process is imperative.
IT Asset Disposition is an essential part of IT asset lifecycle management. By working with a certified ITAD provider, you can not only maximize the value of your IT assets, but also ensure that sensitive data is securely deleted. ITAD handles the disposal and processing of all hazardous chemicals under various environmental and hazardous materials guidelines and certifications to ensure there is no or minimal environmental impact when disposing of your assets. Furthermore, responsible disposal practices enhance the organization’s reputation by highlighting its commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.
The benefits of IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) are significant, so it is crucial not to delay and start working on your ITAD process today!
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