IDC Issues 2010 G.R.A.D.E. Certification to U.S. Micro Corporation

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – June 2, 2010 – International Data Corporation (IDC) is pleased to announce that Atlanta, Georgia-based U.S. Micro Corporation has been awarded IDC's Green Recycling and Asset Disposal for the Enterprise (G.R.A.D.E.) certification. The certification was granted following an assessment of U.S. Micro Corp's capabilities to support enterprise customers in their IT disposal needs. The G.R.A.D.E. certification is valid from May 2010 to April 2011 and focuses on the U.S. market.

As indicated in the IDC report, 2010 G.R.A.D.E. Certification Assessment: U.S. Micro (Doc #223455), U.S. Micro's IT asset disposition (ITAD) offering, which has been used by key U.S. companies, many of which are in the financial sector, is highlighted by a unique capability of handling onsite physical and data security issues via a field staff comprising solely of U.S. Micro employees. Its services include pre-delivery, onsite hard drive wiping and a system generated verification/inventory, delivery and removal, and post-delivery services, all with extended emphasis on security. An IDC assessment of U.S. Micro finds that the four key criteria used to certify a vendor in the IT asset disposition sector are either met or surpassed. While U.S. Micro is proficient in all aspects of the end-to-end chain of custody involved in asset disposal, its particular strength focuses on its data security practices.

"In addition to its customer engagement capabilities that either meet or exceed IDC's G.R.A.D.E. metrics, U.S. Micro's operations from human resources management to compliance are some of the best of breed," says David Daoud, research director, Personal Computing at IDC. "The company has deployed a human resources practice that enhances employee loyalty, expands productivity, and guarantees employee interest in the future direction of the company. These factors are critical in guaranteeing the proper and secure handling of customer assets. As such, we are confident that U.S. Micro's practices are some of the best in the sector."

IDC developed G.R.A.D.E. for the purpose of assisting enterprises in identifying the best available options for the retirement of their IT assets. After extensive research on the demand and supply sides, IDC analysts selected a series of attributes that constitute a standard IT asset disposal practice, based on current offerings.

The G.R.A.D.E. 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 with a view on compliance, sustainability, environmental stewardship, business continuity, and ROI.

For a briefing on U.S. Micro, the ITAD industry or to discuss methodology and assessment, contact David Daoud at 508-988-7502. To learn more about IDC's G.R.A.D.E., please visit http://www.idc.com/research/grade.jsp [http://www.idc.com/research/grade.jsp].

For other non-research G.R.A.D.E. questions, please contact Jonathan Guloyan at 508-935-4296 or at jguloyan@idc.com.

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