The Environmental Impact of Mismanaged Devices

July 25, 2023

Workplace devices are a cornerstone of modern business. These assets empower organizations to navigate the intricate landscape of productivity, facilitate smooth workflows and drive overall efficiency. However, the mismanagement of these devices has become a significant challenge for organizations seeking to minimize costs and environmental impact while maximizing their bottom line. 

On average, organizations will invest $1,840 per device only to lose a quarter of their fleet every year. For larger businesses with over 100,000 assets, this translates to a loss of about $46 million annually. The financial impact of mismanaging workplace devices extends beyond the immediate cost, including the lost opportunity cost of downtime and decreased employee productivity when devices aren’t available or properly maintained.

Shorter product lifespans can also result in significant environmental costs and negative social implications for organizations. A single device is responsible for over 90 kg of CO2  over the course of it’s lifetime from manufacturing, to use (i.e data centers, charging, and processing), and eventual recycling. Using the example above, these larger firms are responsible for about 2,250,000 Kg of wasted CO2 annually, which is comparable to 5.8 million miles driven by a gasoline-powered car.  These emissions–and accompanying cost considerations–are perpetuated by device mismanagement and overstock, and contribute to businesses’ soaring carbon footprints.

To combat and reduce the costs and environmental impact of devices, many organizations are turning to device management solutions. These solutions are designed to effectively track and manage their fleet of devices, ensuring they remain charged, functional, and less susceptible to damage. ARC offers businesses a hardware-driven approach to their device management strategy and is proven to help mitigate the associated costs and environmental implications. With ARC, managers gain increased visibility into their device fleet, enabling them to maintain an accurate stock of devices, reduce wasteful costs, and minimize their carbon footprint. ARC prevents the need for constant device replacements due to user errors, thereby minimizing both financial and environmental losses.