Pairing with an IT asset management provider cuts down on the stress of data security, data management, device repairs and end-of-life services. While these are all important functions of a successful enterprise-ITAM provider partnership, the most imperative function of IT asset management may be looked over: compliance.
Pairing with a non-compliant service provider can result in costly legal fees and reputational damage for the organization as a whole. In order to ensure complete compliance, an organization needs research certain processes when choosing an IT asset manager.
Here are three checkpoints when choosing an ITAM provider:
- Ask yourself, “What’s the catch?”
- If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Certain ITAD providers may claim they are able to dispose of your e-waste with no cost towards you, but take this with a grain of salt. Recycling electronics in compliance with government regulations can become costly, so vendors may take the cheaper, but not so legal, route. But remember, fines for illegal electronics disposal cost more financially and cost your reputation as a business.
- Identify your downstream vendors
- You are responsible for all of your devices during the ITAD process. Knowing your downstream vendors and partners helps monitor that they are using environmentally compliant practices so that no fines are received later in the process.
- Check certifications
- The easiest way to ensure your ITAD provider is to research any certifications they may have. Certifications such as R2/RIOS show commitment towards responsible electronics recycling. These types of certifications also ensure that an ITAD organization is using compliant downstream vendors, as they must audit their downstream partners yearly.
The best way to ensure your IT assets are properly managed and disposed of is working with a certified IT asset manager. By pairing with a certified electronics recycler, companies can remain confident that their devices are being disposed of in an environmentally conscious manner and in compliance with state and national legislation.
HOBI International is a R2/RIOS and ISO 14001 certified IT asset Disposition Company. We believe in providing the best practices in processing hazardous and non-hazardous materials that may be found in any electronic equipment.
When pairing with an ITAD organization, remember what’s at stake. Check any and all certifications and compliance practices to ensure your company’s reputation isn’t at risk.