Donation: The Most Strategic Disposition Option for IT Assets
In developing IT asset disposition strategies, companies often look to resale, redeployment, lease returns or recycling. Yet, as Knowledge Center contributor Robert Houghton discusses here, donations of fully refurbished corporate PCs yield far more value than these other IT asset disposition strategies.
Donating surplus computer equipment to help bridge the "digital divide" makes good business sense, yet it remains an uncommon practice within many corporations due to a variety of concerns. These concerns include data security, environmental liability, software licensing transfers and the need for technical support, among others. With the right approach, however, these barriers can be overcome. Donating unused technology can be the most strategic disposition option available to corporate IT departments.Corporate donations of used PCs can address a serious problem in our society: digital exclusion. At the end of 2009, 28 million American households did not own a computer. People with computers, Internet access and the skills to use both earn more and are better students, consumers and employees. They're also more involved citizens. They put the commerce in e-commerce while reducing the cost of serving them. In a digital world where pulpwood-based telephone directories and newspapers are endangered species, how will customers find us without Google?