As with virtually all industries, IT asset disposition (ITAD) has been affected by many of the factors shaping the post-COVID world. In addition, corporate priorities have shifted to address environmental challenges, and regulatory changes are impacting the ways in which we approach e-waste. Here’s a closer look into the biggest recent ITAD trends, as well as what we may come to expect for the future.
The Demand for Distributed Retrieval Programs Grows
Since remote work became the norm in 2020, many companies have continued to offer work-from-home arrangements. Unfortunately, getting IT equipment back from remote workers has become a growing challenge for organizations. While it’s important for reducing data risks and maximizing the value of IT assets that can be repurposed, companies can’t go through the same channels for retrieval that they could with onsite workers. As such, there’s a growing demand for distributed retrieval programs from ITAD providers.
Labor Shortages Are Affecting ITAD
Staffing shortages are affecting nearly every industry, and ITAD is no exception. Many organizations are also experiencing shortages in their IT departments, which means decommissioning projects may take longer to carry out with limited support. It’s therefore a good idea to begin planning any upcoming ITAD projects as far in advance as possible.
ESG Remains a Corporate Priority
With company values and actions increasingly under the lens of consumers, ESG remains a critical priority for organizations. Companies are taking a more thoughtful approach to handling matters that could affect the environment, which includes how their IT equipment is handled at the end of its lifespan. They’re also seeking out vendors who share the same values and ESG principles, including prioritizing sustainable ITAD solutions.
R2 Standards Get an Update
After more than a decade, the Responsible Recycling® (R2) standard has been updated. The certification in electronics sustainability is now broken up into two categories: core requirements that apply to all R2 facilities, as well as specialty process requirements that apply to facilities that perform specific processes. By June 2023, all previous R2 certificates will expire. Working with an R2 certified company will continue to be important for companies, as the certification demonstrates commitment to industry-leading standards for data storage and sanitation, as well as recycling.
Logistics Faces Increased Scrutiny
Logistics is an important link in the chain of custody process, and it’s one that introduces certain risks. Understandably, companies are seeking assurance that their assets will be transported safely and successfully. ITAD providers are expected to have the highest levels of security in place during transportation, such as sealed vehicles, satellite GPS tracking and background checks for employees. They’re also expected to provide consistent, detailed communication through each step of the disposition process. Since hacking and similar data security risks are more of a threat than ever before, it’s imperative to trust only providers with the most stringent security measures in place.
Data Destruction Is Becoming More Complex
Since technology is evolving, one might think data destruction would become simpler. In reality, with smaller devices and more data being exchanged via the cloud, finding and destroying data can be complex and time-consuming. Yet, preventing a data breach is more important than ever, too. Hacking software is becoming increasingly sophisticated, and companies have more personal data than ever. Companies will therefore need to work with only the most trusted ITAD providers who can ensure the safe handling of their hard drives and other equipment with sensitive data.
As a leading ITAD provider, Quantum stays at the forefront of industry trends and is up-to-date with all best practices and certifications to ensure the highest level of security and efficiency when retiring your IT equipment. Click here to find out more about how we can manage your end-of-life IT assets.