It’s important for every business to have a plan for their IT Asset Disposition process. While many businesses believe they can deal with ITAD in-house, there are a number of different reasons for outsourcing these services. Despite common misconceptions that keeping this process in-house is more secure and saves money, outsourcing ITAD to a trustworthy, accredited vendor can actually be beneficial to your business. Here are just four reasons you should be outsourcing ITAD.
There’s no denying the value of expertise when it comes to dealing with sensitive business information. Your in-house IT team may be well-trained, but it’s unlikely that your whole team of staff will be trained in the likes of data degaussing and hard-drive shredding. Accredited ITAD suppliers have teams of highly-trained, certified individuals that understand how best to approach data erasure for your device type, data type and the industry in which you operate.
Besides this technical know-how, very few businesses have the means to store sophisticated equipment needed for data erasure on devices such as Solid State Drives (SSDs). This could either mean that data is not sufficiently erased, or that it must be transported elsewhere for the erasure process.
Data protection regulation is complicated and constantly evolving. Of course, it’s your business’ responsibility to comply with regulations such as the GDPR at all times, however, enlisting the help of a reputable ITAD company can help ensure compliance even when your IT equipment has reached its end of life. Whether that’s ensuring your data is disposed of according to industry specific standards, or that any devices are disposed of in line with the environmental regulations such as the WEEE Directive.
3.Maximise Asset Value
Your IT assets may no longer be of use to your team, but that’s not to say there’s no value left in them. Outsourcing ITAD to an accredited supplier can help you unlock maximum value through the identification of resale opportunities. With well-established relationships in second-hand IT equipment markets, suppliers can advise you what sells best and when. Whether this is the resale of a whole device, or individual components, selling redundant IT equipment doesn’t just recover some of the cost involved with ITAD, it also minimises your contribution to the world of e-waste, which has reached record levels, according to a recent UN report.
As your business develops and grows, so will your ITAD needs. While you could employ a fleet of fully trained ITAD staff, this may restrict you when it comes to scaling up your ITAD process. Ensuring that all ITAD training is sufficient and kept up to date isn’t just a costly task, but may distract from other areas on which you want your business to focus. Outsourcing to a reputable ITAD supplier minimises disruption and gives you peace of mind that all data and devices are handled securely, even on a bigger scale.
With over 25 years industry experience, tier1 are proud to be the UK’s most accredited ITAD supplier. We possess the skills, accreditations and experience to handle our clients’ data with the care they deserve, and to dispose of it responsibility and legally.
Contact us today on 0161 777 1000 or visit https://www.tier1.com to find out how we can help you dispose of your data safely and reliably.