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Democratizing ITAD: Optimize Your Enterprise Resources

Over time, every enterprise reaches a point when some or all of their IT assets become obsolete; either their existing hardware or products no longer functions properly, or it must be replaced with newer equipment for improved functionality and capacity. Most foresighted business managers and top-tiered employees understand that holding onto out-of-date technology can be a recipe for failure as industry competitors become more nimble and flexible, armed with real-time, fact-based data and communications, and plausible visions and innovations for the future.

 

So, what do you do with your old IT equipment? The IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) industry has grown significantly in recent years as new equipment capabilities and capacities continue to increase.

 

Factors that contribute to the ITAD industry's growth include the:

 

  • Increasing awareness of the harmful environmental impact of electronic waste equipment
  • Importance of security and the elimination of data remaining on discarded equipment
  • Governmental initiatives designed to implement safe ITAD processes to safeguard the environment

 

The Practices and Capabilities of an ITAD Company or Business

 

The safe, secure, and economical disposition of electronic equipment is a critical role for and the responsibility of any IT manager or leader.

 

With the ever-increasing volume of discarded computers, mobile phones, and related equipment, ITAD companies are thriving by finding creative outlets to reuse or recycle them. The process also involves the assured, safe erasure of data and harvesting parts that might still have some use or resale value.

 

A Key Assessment: Developing Your ITAD Strategy

 

Larger companies and organizations make substantial investments in IT equipment. Imagine entire rooms or even floors of IT staff with desktop computers, monitors, printers, copiers, and all other accessories. The same company may have hundreds of field personnel with laptops, notebooks, and mobile phones. In five to ten years, all of this equipment will likely be replaced with newer equipment at least once.

 

Disposal of obsolete equipment demands a well-developed strategy by the IT manager. That individual's objective will be to achieve the best possible, lowest-cost outcome for the removal while minimizing environmental impact, security risks, and freight costs.

 

In some instances, the residual value of your discarded equipment may offset the cost of disposition. Demand for used equipment has risen with the work-from-home and distance learning trends that we are currently experiencing.

 

Begin Your Search and Discover Your Options

 

With ITAD, “putting all of your eggs in one basket” by working with only one company can be risky. Some ITAD companies, even larger ones, have recently discontinued their operations to focus on other activities. Their sudden demise has left clients in a costly and challenging situation of scrambling to find a replacement.

 

Start your ITAD provider search by asking for several Requests for Proposal (RFP) from as many potential providers as possible with the objective of retaining two or more. The RFPs should be specific to your needs and offer a clear hypothetical case for each candidate to address. A well-defined RFP gives you a clear understanding of how each ITAD company will respond to your needs.

 

Be careful when a company suggests “free” services. In an ideal transaction, the amount that the ITAD company receives from the resale of your used equipment and parts might offset the total cost of the transport, disposition, selling, and profit margin. These transactions may be termed revenue sharing, demanding a relationship that is totally transparent and honest.

 

Another ITAD vendor may promise “free” disposition but refuse to share their actual costs (and excessive profits) with you. Most likely, this company has figured out a way to turn your discarded equipment profitably without sharing the benefit with your company.

 

Democratizing with Multiple Vendors and Services

 

Once you have defined at least two ITAD vendors, give each one a similar project or program to handle. After you compare the outcomes and the resulting costs/expenses are similar, you have probably chosen well. If one is repeatedly more expensive or has posed a series of challenges than the other, you should consider reviewing a replacement candidate with better expertise and approaches.

 

Having more than one ITAD vendor also encourages competition. If your projects are sufficiently large to warrant special attention, you should be able to justify very competitive ITAD bids.

 

Create Metrics for High Performance Revenues

 

Along the way, create a scorecard to measure the effectiveness of each ITAD company you retain. Metrics should include:

 

  • Responsiveness and reaction time
  • Accuracy
  • Cost per comparable project
  • Chain of custody reporting
  • Recovered value relative to final charges
  • Total logistics and transport costs

 

You should also maintain a running total of comparative cost reductions resulting from the efficiencies created by your decisions.

 

Regionalizing ITAD

 

Major companies have several locations across various countries, each with varying volumes of IT equipment.

 

While in many instances, “globalizing” certain supply chain functions offer benefits due to economies of scale.

 

With ITAD, however, regionalizing or “localizing” ITAD functions is usually more cost-effective and will save you money because of the reduction in total logistics costs. Moving less equipment over shorter distances will offset most volume advantages.

 

Be Strategic and Probe your Provider's Knowledge

 

Develop your ITAD strategy carefully, keeping in mind that more than one ITAD provider will:

 

  • Encourage competition in cost and measurable service levels
  • Provide a “safety net” in case one provider becomes unavailable
  • Increase your IT asset disposition capacity

 

Maintaining a transparent, positive, and collaborative relationship with more than one ITAD provider will provide you with much-needed emergency service capabilities when you require a quick response.

 

ITAD, Third-Party Maintenance, and Secure IT Support Solution

 

Focusing on people and process, thomastech takes away the stress of enterprise hardware continuity and provides comprehensive IT support for successful businesses and enterprises worldwide. The company’s IT experts offer secure, professional, state-of-the-art support and training that allows companies to focus on their objectives while providing cutting-edge solutions and reducing IT costs.

 

For more information regarding the extensive third-party maintenance support that thomastech provides, visit our website and complete the brief online Contact form, and one of our dedicated professionals at thomastech will reach out to you.

 

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