Helpful Tips for Successful IT Asset Remarketing and Disposal

Feb 18, 2020

When you purchase the latest computers, smartphones, or other IT assets for your company, you probably do a lot of research to make sure your expenditure will deliver optimal use value.  You look for equipment and devices that will integrate and deliver the features your North Dakota company needs to remain competitive.

At some point, however, you know you’re going to have to upgrade again.  While the general rule of thumb is to upgrade every 3-5 years, on average, your timeline will depend somewhat on your plans.  Are you interested in remarketing your IT assets, or are you going to get as much use out of them as you can before disposing of them?  Whatever your goal, here are a few helpful tips for success when you need to get rid of old IT assets.

Thoughtful Life Cycle Planning

Success begins with planning for the life cycle of your IT assets.  While you can’t always guess when new products will emerge, making your current equipment and devices obsolete, you know that these assets tend to remain valuable for roughly 3-5 years.

With this knowledge, you can create a plan that allows you to budget funds for known upgrades on your timeline and roll over assets in keeping with your goals.  If you plan to sell devices, you want to make sure they retain some marketability, which means you’re probably going to err on the shorter end of the lifecycle.  If you’re looking to get every ounce of use out of devices before upgrading, you can hold off a while longer before you dispose of them.

Asset Tracking

You might think it’s enough to purchase IT assets and dole them out to employees, but this is a flawed plan.  Employees come and go, and you can quickly lose assets if you don’t make a concerted effort to track them (especially if your employees are aware that they can walk out the door with a laptop or cell phone and no one will be the wiser).

With a tracking system in place, such as barcodes and scanners, you can keep a database of IT assets and who they’re checked out to, as well as an inventory of items that aren’t currently in use and where they’re located.  This should help to minimize losses (from theft or simple misplacement) so that you can get the most value from your assets and avoid issues that could lead to liabilities like data breach.

Wiping vs. Shredding

When it comes to IT asset disposition, the easiest route is finding a reliable and certified ITAD partner to wipe or shred devices for you.  If you’ve used equipment and devices to the fullest, they can simply be shredded and recycled.

If items still have some resale value, your ITAD service can wipe them, in keeping with applicable consumer privacy laws, and ready them for remarketing.  The right partner will also handle remarketing for you, saving you the hassle and helping you recoup some cost.

Whether you want to wipe or shred devices, contact the experienced professionals at SEAM today at 605-274-7326 (SEAM) or online to learn more and request a quote.

SEAM provides IT recycling and data destruction services including onsite shredding and hard drive wiping to South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

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