In September, 2012, International Data Corporation (IDC) released a new multi-client study, “IT Asset Disposal and Recycling: United States Enterprise Practices and Outlook 2012-2013”. The study finds that more than one third of the companies recently surveyed do not use proper disposition methods, often adding unjustified cost and complexity to their hardware recycling practices.
The IT hardware disposition function remains undefined among many organizations, an “orphaned” function that is neither the full responsibility of IT departments nor procurement or other related functions. Because of this, the use of irrational disposition processes remains high. For instance, the use of company staff to manage donation to charity, adding to cost, risks, and loss of resale opportunity, is practiced by more than 40% of the organizations surveyed.
Likewise, the practice of storing assets is alarmingly high as is the use of municipal waste services, which leave companies at legal risk of violating U.S. environmental regulations and preventing them from finding cost containment opportunities through resale and other solutions.
The IDC study found that when organizations attempt to incorporate IT Asset Disposal best practices, they tend to focus on data security compliance and cost reduction, rather than environmental concerns or storage allocation, or future planning.
IDC says that a number of trends are likely to influence IT hardware disposition practices over the next few years, further impacting the industry itself. “Among the trends to watch are the movement toward cloud computing that could lead to lower procurement of classic assets, as well as the emergence of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which will create a whole new set of challenges on the data security and compliance front.”