Essential Practices for your Redundant IT Assets
As IT assets reach the end of their usable lifespan, an IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) strategy is necessary for organizations. Below are five tips to consider for your organization’s ITAD strategy.
There are a wide variety of reasons why the lifecycle of an organizations IT assets is becoming shorter. Legislative requirements, evolving technology, and increasing competitiveness in the marketplace, to name but a few.
It is essential that businesses have an effective process and strategy for dealing with redundant IT assets.
EFFICIENT IT ASSET AUDITING
An important part of an effective ITAD strategy is performing an audit of all IT assets in an organization can be challenging, particularly for global businesses. Physical audits are important for two main reasons. First, they provide an accurate inventory of all assets on-site. Secondly, they permit an evaluation of the physical condition of each asset, which is important if you intend to sell or re-use the asset.
Working with an ITAD partner that is capable of performing global audits is essential. You’ll also benefit from professional advice on which items should be sold, re-used, or recycled.
Cloud computing is now one of the most popular methods of data storage in large organizations. This means that data centers and server rooms are quickly becoming redundant and must be decommissioned. A good ITAD strategy for data center decommissioning must maximize both cost-efficiency and data security.
In all likelihood, your on-site IT assets will vary widely in quality and condition. Ensure that your ITAD provider is capable of performing physical audits and is willing to advise you on the optimal resale value of the equipment on the global market in order to recover maximal asset value.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH & SAFETY STANDARDS
Environmental waste compliance and adherence to local jurisdictions’ electronic waste standards is a must for a robust ITAD strategy. Failure to comply endangers the environment and causes damage to the surrounding ecosystem’s flora and fauna. It also exposes your company to the risk of regulatory fines.
A crucial part of an effective ITAD strategy is to ensure that all electronic waste is recycled or disposed of in a safe and compliant manner. All environmental considerations should be certified and compliant with ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 processes as well as other, reputable national and international certifications which align with the organization’s commitment to corporate social responsibility.
END USER MANAGEMENT PORTAL
Once you’ve engaged an ITAD provider, monitor the progress using a customizable portal that meets the needs of your company such as Wisetek’s End User Management Portal. For example, if your organization requires a reconciliation of fixed asset registers, accounting system logs, or engineering systems, ensure that the portal provides these integrations.
Data breaches are becoming increasingly frequent and exorbitantly costly, especially in the USA. A single data breach can cripple a company’s finances and reputation, so it’s best to mitigate the chances of data breaches occurring rather than having to deal with them afterwards.
When it comes to data destruction, it’s imperative that your IT assets are safely and securely destroyed by an ITAD provider following best practices in the industry. Furthermore, ensure that your ITAD partner provides data destruction certificates or video files as evidence.
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