IT consultant presenting tag cloud about information technologyThis morning, USA Today’s Tech section published an article detailing five ways the tech industry has changed since 2008. The five changes they listed included smartphones, social media, transportation, dating and streaming.

Within the past eight years, tech has become more efficient and convenient. People now rely on their smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to check banks statements, find a location on a map, and for a variety of entertainment purposes.

As technology has progressed over the years, so has enterprise IT asset management and disposition. ITAD professionals have adjusted to the constantly evolving platform of enterprise IT, and the newest trends that come with it.

Here are five ways ITAD has developed over the years:

  1. BYOD policies
    • Mandated company-provided devices are becoming a thing of the past. Many enterprises now utilize a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for their employees. A BYOD policy allows employees to choose the make and model of their work device, meaning they are able to choose a device they are most familiar with. This approach increases comfort and decreases time spent learning the new device’s functions.
  2. Cloud computing
    • Cloud computing has become a popular alternative for companies around the country. Instead of relying on traditional hardware-based data storage, enterprises are looking to data centers that use cloud-centric technology to decrease operational costs and increase overall accessibility.
  3. Data security
    • With many high-profile data breaches within the past few years, data security is one of almost every company’s top priorities. Users rely on their devices to store and process more personal information than ever, and data breaches are increasingly high-risk because of this dependence. With BYOD policies and cloud-computing solutions rising in popularity, data security will remain a hot topic in tech for the foreseeable future.
  4. Application security
    • A more specific aspect of data security that didn’t exist in 2008 is application security. With the rise of smartphones, applications became increasingly popular for use in everyday life. It’s come to light that many applications do not always have high-end security measures to protect their users personal information. For this reason, IT asset managers have started to focus on application security, especially in BYOD policies where enterprise data is at risk.
  5. E-waste disposal
    • The need for environmentally-safe electronics disposal is quickly making headlines, especially in cases such as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 recall. In 2008, smartphones had yet to gain traction, but in 2016, there are more than 2 million smartphone users worldwide. As more technology is introduced each year, safe device recycling, refurbishment and disposal will continue to be one the biggest challenges the tech industry faces.

IT asset management is a constantly-evolving field, with new technologies and approaches introduced yearly. With this many changes since 2008, the tech industry can expect major developments by 2024.