Even if you refrain from labeling it as a “green” business habit, the fact is that more businesses are getting wise to the fact that a) they need to be more disciplined about how to dispose of old hardware and technology and b) there may be some residual value in same.
That’s the mindset that technology distribution giant Ingram Micro is trying to tap with its new IT Asset Disposition (ITAD) Services, which it developed together with U.S. Micro.
The services support technology solution providers that are, in turn, trying to help their customers get rid of hard drives, memory cards, printers, copiers and other electronic devices that might have a “digital history.” There are two primary considerations: making sure that any personal or private data is removed thoroughly from these devices and gadgets, and making sure that when they are recycled, refurbished or disassembled, that process is managed with the environment in mind.
The main focus of the services, at least initially, is solution providers that have clients in either the public sector or healthcare, where compliance laws are particularly onerous. The aim is twofold: wipe the information off this technology and provide a certificate saying so, and making sure items go to properly vetted recycling and disposal partners.
In the press release for the new services, Michael Humke, senior director of public sector and healthcare markets for Ingram Micro, said:
“The fallout from data breaches, identity theft and the improper disposal of IT equipment and data is not only costly, but in many cases can be disastrous and undetermined.”