Pathways to Refurbishment and Relicensing
Business Need:Computer/PC Installation and Repair
Works With:Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Windows 7 Professional
Industry Focus:General - Applicable to All
Pathways to Refurbishment & Re-Licensing
While most organizations are acutely aware of the huge effort and cost associated with hardware- and software-related ‘desktop management’ activities, many do not have a plan for managing the back end of the IT asset lifecycle – retirement and disposition – especially from an environmental perspective, as well as from a data security perspective. As a result, organizations often leave decommissioned hardware sitting idle in departments, closets and storerooms across the enterprise, or at best, consolidate and stockpile them in warehouses, where they tend to stay indefinitely and incur ongoing storage and asset management costs.
Organizations that are looking at disposition are generally focused on just Recycling, often responding to mounting environmental pressures to keep old equipment from ending up in landfill sites or shipped to third-world countries. But it seems that this isn’t always the result that is achieved. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 87.5% of e-waste is still ending up in landfills or incinerators.
For decommissioned or end-of-life IT assets, Compugen’s Pathways to Refurbishment & Re-Licensing service offers a cost-effective and environmentally sound alternative to straightforward recycling – Refurbishment & Resale. Compugen is a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher (MAR) and can re-license refurbished PCs with genuine Microsoft software at a competitively attractive price point.
Every decommissioned PC entering the process that is assessed as still having value is refurbished and tested by Compugen and then resold to small companies, school boards and small retailers. The process consists primarily of wiping all data and previously installed software and repairing and/or replacing defective hardware components. It also includes installation of a new Windows operating system, either the latest version of Windows 7 or Windows XP Pro depending on customer choice, and the addition of an official MAR sticker from Microsoft, all in accordance with the terms and conditions of the MAR program.
While organizations often use the net proceeds from the resale to offset their disposition costs, a growing number are donating the proceeds to Compugen Finance’s Green4Good program for use in providing cash and new technology products and services to charitable organizations.
Pathways to Refurbishment and Relicensing has not been reviewed by any customers.
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