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Lombard GATX Technology (Lombard) is extending its lifecycle management support services in response to changing PC replacement cycles and the pressure placed on IT departments through new disposal legislation.

Lombard, which provides vendor-independent support on procurement, management and disposal of a wide range of technology assets, is responding to falling PC asset values and the impact of the new WEEE recycling directive, which will be implemented in August 2004. It has restructured its service offering, to integrate outsourcing of PC disposal with its procurement, asset management and leasing packages so that companies can find the most efficient PC length of service to match business needs.

Ian McVicar, managing director, Lombard GATX Technology, said: “There is no preferred approach to PC lifecycle management. Every situation is different, which means companies need specialist support. Some clients are now cutting PC cycles to just two years, while others are extending them to five or more.”

Grant Thornton is a company that has shortened replacement cycles, and Michael Williamson, partner and head of information systems has seen a complete shift in procurement strategy.

Michael commented: “Replacing the machines more often made upgrades work out cheaper on the new two year arrangement. For the same cost per month, we could have the machines for two years rather than three and that also simplifies the support considerably. They are modern and up to date, which improves reliability and the number of breakdowns has declined dramatically.”

While firms that introduce shorter cycles can sell on PCs and avoid complex disposal issues, others are actively choosing to extend system lives and then outsource technology disposal and recycling.

Financial services firm Millfield Group chose to centralise core IT systems and implement thin client technology. Lombard has introduced ‘OnSite’, its asset and inventory management service, which eases audits and aids lifecycle management. For Millfield the benefits have been numerous - audits are faster and problem equipment is easier to track and fix.

Laurence Nesbitt, IT director, Millfield Group, remarked: “The combination of a thin client approach and better lifecycle management is extending the useful life of a PC. Lombard’s end of life facilities remove the headache of disposing of old and obsolete kit, freeing us of legislative responsibility and unlocking internal resources for more strategic decision-making.”

Lombard is integrating disposal services into procurement and leasing programmes to help companies adapt to changing asset values. Ian McVicar continued: “The WEEE directive is just the beginning, with a raft of environmentally friendly legislation coming from the EU over the next few years. Many IT organisations would prefer to pass the risk and responsibility associated with WEEE directive compliance and data security to expert risk management organisations like ourselves. Outsourcing of technology disposal enables this.”

About Lombard GATX Technology (www.lombardgatx.co.uk)

Lombard GATX Technology is a joint venture between Lombard and GATX.

Lombard GATX Technology is a dedicated technology leasing and asset management organisation providing a range of asset management and leasing solutions to corporates.

Lombard is a member of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

GATX Corporation is a specialised finance and leasing company combining asset knowledge and services, structuring expertise, partnering and risk capital to serve customers and partners worldwide.

For further media information, please contact:
Mark Charmer/Denise Pritchard, TMN
Email: mc@totalmarketingnetwork.com / dp@totalmarketingnetwork.com
Tel: 0207 252 3399 / 01273 565555

Ian Wood, Lombard GATX Technology
E mail: pr@lombardgatx.co.uk
Tel: 0870 7898600, Fax: 0870 7898601

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