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IDC Awards G.R.A.D.E. Certification to Five IT Asset Disposal Organizations

2008-07-15 06:00:00

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(EMWNews)–IDC today recognized Dell, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intechra, and Redemtech

as the first recipients of IDC’s Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for

the Enterprise (G.R.A.D.E.) certification. Each vendor exceeded the

minimum criteria required for G.R.A.D.E. certification. The

certification process is based on 34 IT Asset Disposal (ITAD)-related

functions and tasks and uses a multi-dimensional weighting system that

incorporates the broad offerings of remote applications, onsite

services, logistics, in-plant processing, and post treatment. IDC

G.R.A.D.E. certification is currently focused on the U.S. market.

The Information Technology Asset Disposition industry is still in its

fledgling phases and is thus fragmented. In general terms, the ITAD

industry is composed of three major players: local scrap companies, OEMs

(manufacturers), and core ITAD companies that have developed advanced

specialties in asset recovery. In response to demand from IDC’s end-user

customers regarding PC and other IT hardware retirement, IDC now offers

certification for both OEMs and core ITAD vendors that meet the required

criteria. IDC will continue to evaluate suppliers in this category on a

regular basis.

Understanding which ITAD vendor to select can make a major difference in

guaranteeing environmental sustainability and business continuity, while

providing a higher level of protection to a company’s intellectual,

financial and other assets. Driven by expanded regulations, fear of

security breaches, and concern over the environment, companies are

increasingly adopting sound ITAD practices that rely on the use of

third-party professionals with proven expertise, skills, and


In this first certification release, IDC identified Dell, Hewlett

Packard, IBM, Intechra, and Redemtech as having met IDCs

G.R.A.D.E. requirements by exceeding the minimum passing grade of 75%.

Details and a methodology summary can be found in IDC’s recently

released report, 2008 Assessment of U.S. IT Asset Disposal Service

Providers (Doc #213383).

“Although there is still a lot to be achieved, these organizations have

made significant investments in establishing sound IT asset

recovery/disposal processes,” said David Daoud, research manager,

Personal Systems at IDC. “Their logistics, facilities, and remarketing

operations utilize todays best standards,

which are still evolving and likely to continue to improve as customer

requirements expand and innovation and new techniques are established.”

While working to adopt best practices, these vendors recognize the need

for greater accountability. Driven by growing pressure from their

customers, these companies are looking for ways to improve end-of-life

operations that guarantee environmental and business sustainability for

their customers. Among the most scrutinized areas in need of improvement

today are guaranteeing zero landfill policy and full recyclability of

retired materials. Additionally, providing a thorough accounting of ITAD

outcomes, in terms of cost, carbon emission control, toxic waste

elimination, and visibility on export destinations are critical.

For a briefing on the ITAD industry or to discuss methodology and

assessment, contact David Daoud at 508-988-7502 or [email protected].

For other non-research related question, please contact Jonathan Guloyan

at 508-935-4296 or at [email protected]

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory

services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications,

and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business

executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on

technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts

provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry

opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 44 years,

IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their

key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading

technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about

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David Daoud, 508-988-7502
[email protected]

Guloyan, 508-935-4296
[email protected]

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