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What to Do with Decommissioned IT Equipment

Posted By IT Liquidators.com, Monday, June 23, 2014

You've decommissioned your company’s unwanted IT equipment. Now what? The typical solution for many companies is to recycle the excess technology, but recycling is just one of the available options for decommissioned IT equipment. As a smart IT professional, your priority is to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for your company. In this article, we’ll look at the three best ways to handle your excess technology.

Recycling Decommissioned IT Equipment

In the best case scenario, recycling your decommissioned IT equipment brings with it several benefits. First, it is an environmentally friendly solution for your unwanted technology. Second, depending upon the services provided by the recycling company, it can be an efficient solution. Many recycling companies offer free pick-up, and will transport your equipment to their facility to be recycled. With these services, recycling can be a fast and simple option for your IT asset disposition.

However, in the worst case, a recycler can prove to be a huge liability for your company. In the hands of an unethical recycler, the data on your technology is not safe. It is not uncommon for unscrupulous recyclers to illegally export your old IT equipment, with your exposed data, to ChinaGhana, or other overseas locations. In these countries, your equipment is disassembled in unregulated conditions, irreparably damaging the health of the local people and polluting the environment. No company wants to be connected to such activity. This is why, if your company does choose to recycle your old technology, you should partner with a certified recycler to ensure that your technology is ethically and responsibly recycled.

Ultimately, choosing to recycle your end of life technology is all about convenience. It is efficient, but as we will see later, it is not the most cost-effective option.

Donating Your Decommissioned IT Equipment

Another option for your decommissioned IT equipment is to donate the technology to a local charity or nonprofit organization. However, you cannot simply hand over your old technology to your favorite nonprofit; they may not have a use for it. To donate the equipment in a helpful way requires a little forethought. First, you’ll need to find a nonprofit organization that could make good use of the technology. Second, you’ll need to make sure that the old equipment is in working condition. If you give nonfunctional IT equipment to a nonprofit organization, it will only become a financial burden for them and waste their already limited resources. To make the most of your donation, it is best to test and refurbish the equipment before donating it.

This process takes work. If your company is looking for a more efficient way to donate your excess technology, it will be best to partner with a company or organization who can facilitate this kind of donation. Ultimately, donating your decommissioned IT equipment may not be the most efficient or cost-effective solution, but the social good produced by aiding the local community outweighs these considerations.

Partnering with an IT Asset Recovery Company

The most efficient and cost-effective solution for your decommissioned IT equipment is to partner with an IT asset recovery company. Many IT asset recovery companies offer the same convenience as a recycler – they will pick-up and transport your equipment off-site, free of charge. The key difference is that IT asset recovery companies specialize in getting you the highest return for the IT equipment that still has value. These companies will purchase your excess corporate technology from you. With the funds generated by this new revenue stream, you can decrease the total cost of ownership (TCO) of your technology, creating a more cost-effective decommissioning process for your company. This combines the efficiency and simplicity of a recycling service with the cost-benefits of a new revenue stream. By utilizing the services of an IT asset recovery company, you can redeem funds from your old technology, and implement a truly efficient and cost-effective strategy.

If you have decommissioned IT equipment, we can help. Partner with us, and we'll manage your IT asset disposition every step of the way, from pickup and transportation, to certified data destruction and ethical recycling. Get started with a free IT equipment valuation.

Tags:  Green IT  IT  technology  technology industry 

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Tips and Tricks to bidding at C-Level @ A Mile High

Posted By Rolf Kramer, Kranect, Thursday, February 13, 2014
•The key to a successful C-Level is to do your homework! Before the event familiarize yourself with the celebrities, their companies and the silent auction items

Secure budget approval for celebrity bids you wish to make
Tip:If you are a small business, consider partnering with another company to increase your bid potential and odds of winning your desired celebrity

Download the mobile app prior to the event to avoid possible download delays, and be the first to read the company projects. Projects are not released until 5pm the day of the event!

•Check in with an ambassador. Each celebrity will have an ambassador who will manage access to the celebrity and will have flashing target name badges.
You will be given 5 minutes to chat with the celebrity to determine if they are someone you want to bid on. Bring your business cards!

Tags:  CIO  C-Level  IT  technology 

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"HerWorld" Presented by DeVry University - A corporate outreach opportunity to encourage young women to pursue careers in business, science and technology.

Posted By DeVry University, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

 We are excited to announce the 6th Annual HerWorld Conference presented by DeVry University and their dedicated sponsors. The full day sessions will give high school students the opportunity to meet other young women their age, work with their peers in team-building exercises, set personal goals, and learn about exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields.

Developed by DeVry University, HerWorld introduces young women to the breadth of career opportunities available in business and technology. Consistent with the ongoing statewide emphasis on attracting individuals into non-traditional careers, this program has been developed to complement these efforts.

We are excited to announce the 6th Annual HerWorld Conference presented by DeVry University and their dedicated sponsors. The full day sessions will give high school students the opportunity to meet other young women their age, work with their peers in team-building exercises, set personal goals, and learn about exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. The event has been a great success over the years reaching up to and over 500 attendees. DeVry University will be providing the venue, lunch and transportation for the young women. We are also looking for business partners for this event. Currently we have needs in two areas:

• Business Partners to provide science and technology related workshops. In the past some of the workshops included:

1. Challenger – Students were able to try on space gear and hear firsthand about space missions.

2. Build your own Simon Game – presented by Sparkfun Electronics, the students were able to work hands on to assemble an electronic game (including soldering).

3. Heartlab – The Denver Museum of Nature and Science donated animal hearts for the students to dissect.

4. CSI Crimelab – Students were able to perform hands on forensic testing and investigations.

• Contributing Sponsors who may be able to provide us with in-kind donations to be used as door prizes and/or promotional materials for both the young women in attendance and the educators who will be in attendance. Some of the donated items last year included: gift baskets, blankets, sweatshirts, gift cards, school supplies, various miscellaneous giveaways and a computer.

It is our intention that HerWorld continue to be presented annually to the benefit of young women in Colorado. Our sponsors and supporters will have the opportunity for long-term affiliation with this important event. We hope that you will consider partnering with us on this important event

For more details, you may contact Tanya Terrell at 303-280-7652 or send email inquiries to tterrell@devry.edu

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Tags:  education  IT  technology 

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CSIA Education Committee: Updates & Action Items

Posted By Simone Nabers, ReadyTalk, Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The CSIA Education Committee is on a mission, well actually a couple, as we settle into 2010. You may or may not have heard about this branch in the CSIA community, but that's exactly the purpose of this update. We want to make sure that the rest of our community, both internal and external, are aware of the objectives and actions that our committee is striving towards and currently working on. We also want to extend the invitation to get involved if this is an area that you are passionate about or would simply like to share resources and ideas with the rest of us!

The mission of the CSIA Education committee is to support the growth of the Colorado IT industry by developing the working relationship between Colorado companies and the Colorado education community. Our Vision is to close the gap between what the IT workforce needs and what the educational system is currently producing.

Listed below are some of the areas where we have begun to focus our efforts on in order to help us understand where and how our time is best served to make the biggest impact. We are currently in the process of building out additional resources on our group page in the CSIA community site and hope that this will serve as a hub for those currently involved as well as those that are interested in finding out more.

  • Develop a speakers bureau to send CSIA members to schools and other organizations to speak about opportunities in IT 
  • Support several local organizations focused on IT career awareness and STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) improvement via membership involvement
  • Build relationships between the committee and key higher education, K-12 and government leaders to further understand and support their needs
  • Identify, collect and report key metrics for STEM education progress to help spread the message on the gap in STEM education and what the industry needs

To join Education Committee and stay up to date with the items we are currently working on, visit our community group page.  Additionally, there is a wealth of resources and supplementary information available on the CSIA website under the Education tab.

Tags:  careers  education  Emerging Technologies  IT 

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Colorado IT Industry Report

Posted By Laura Gordon, CSIA, Friday, October 30, 2009
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