As part of a desktop deployment project or on its own, CST's Desktop De-acquisition services provides a comprehensive, scheduled plan that helps you decommission and organize your technology assets. Although on the surface it may seem that just unplugging PC's, printers and copiers would suffice, there are many factors businesses need to consider before they trade in old units or even pile them in trucks for the scrap yard.
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- Information: There are hard drives and storage in virtually every machine that has your business information on it. From client information, payroll, financials, product/services data and even social security numbers, massive amounts of internal information on replaced machines exist and need to be professionally cleaned and deleted. Especially in the health care industry with stringent HIPPA laws, simply hitting the delete button will not remove data that is written on temp files stored in cached folders.
- Financial/Depreciation: Like all company assets, the accountability of computer equipment on the balance sheet doesn't end when the units are unplugged. To the contrary, larger firms with several hundred computers, printers, copiers and various versions of software account for a large percentage of many firm's top assets. With such assets comes property and use taxes, and a good controller or CFO knows keeping track of de-acquisitioned machines means staying on top of active inventory of technology.
- Technology Asset Organization: In combination with CST's desktop deployment services, Technology Asset Organization (TAO) is a comprehensive inventory asset tracker that keeps your IT and financial departments up to speed on what you have, what you are removing, and what you are replacing that technology with. From model and serial numbers to extensive detailed information about each unit, TAO empowers management with the information necessary not only to organize and track/write off assets, but also make informed decisions about future deployments and de-acquisitions.
- Maximizing IT Value: Your firm paid hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to acquire your technology assets 5 years ago, but now you need to replace them with new machines. Many business's focus at this point is on the next technology infrastructure chapter, but the current assets aren't exactly worthless. Although they have been virtually written off on the general ledger, there is still some value to machines that are older, or even obsolete. During the planning stages to replace old machines, CST helps their clients take advantage of many avenues to maximize their outgoing hardware. There are several manufacturers who offer incentive-laden trade-in credit dollars for de-acquisitioned hardware that seriously add up when quantities rise. There are thousands of third party resellers and parts dealers that would love the opportunity to source outdated equipment and many pay premium dollars if they have clients or service contracts already lined up. Finally, for machines that have no open market value, there is a huge middle market for older equipment in the scrap industry, where memory in particular pays a premium. Although you may not financially capitalize in this medium, there are issues of disposal where CST helps leverage entire lots of equipment where clients can avoid huge landfill disposal fees.
today to discuss your company's next technology move. CST can not only direct and provide a source for new hardware/software, but also help you plan and prepare for the back-end with professional de-acquisition services.