IT asset management is critical in the development, maintenance and recycling of electronics and the information they may carry. Through proper management and maintenance, companies have opportunities to resale and recycle their IT assets. There are a few tips to make sure you are maximizing the potential of all IT assets before sending them to an ITAD organization.
Minimize damage as much as possible.
Asset damage can have serious consequences when the time arrives to pursue resale opportunities. Even the most minimal damage can severely decrease refurbishing potential and later purchasing price. It is imperative to use best practices when handling, sorting and packaging retired assets before sending them to an ITAD provider. The best preventative measures against asset damage are to make sure your company has proper training, space and materials for IT asset management.
Don’t lose sight of resale opportunities.
New technology is released every few months. For this reason, the window of opportunity for resale on existing devices is becoming smaller and smaller. Keeping an eye on the market helps identify the ideal time to resale assets so that they are refurbished and remarketed, or properly recycled.
Keep systems in tact with their respective parts.
Systems that have all of their functioning components are more valuable than systems that may require certain parts being replaced. When a system is missing parts or some parts are not functioning, the price significantly depreciates. A tip for maintaining complete systems is to set aside certain machines to use as spare parts so other assets can be sold as a complete unit.
Consider data sanitization instead of complete physical destruction.
Keeping hard drives in tact increases the value of a system or asset greatly, so if it is company policy to physically destroy hard drives; reconsider the potential return on the devices. An alternative to physically destroying these parts is data erasure and sanitization instead of physical destruction. When hard drives go through proper data erasure, they remain functional and are able to be resold on the market.
HOBI provides the best practices for asset remarketing, refurbishing and recycling while maintaining status as a R2, RIOS, ISO 14001 and WBE-certified company. Our management systems encompass all possible assets, from computers and cellphones to more complex infrastructures. Our IT asset management services include data security and erasure, data management, environmental solutions, remarketing and resale, technical services and recycling.