No Words are as Effective as a Rightly Timed Pause
During the past five-and-a-half years, the Redemtech company blog has operated like a perpetual motion machine, consuming latent energy stemming from a vastly churning and changing IT asset management and disposition industry, while plugging along with topical content that has kept readers informed, enlightened, and, in some cases, amused.
This blog was launched on June 11, 2007, as the first company blog in our industry. In the course of the first several weeks, I had the honor to write most of the blogs, pausing to reflect on current events in the electronic waste arena, changes in regulatory compliance and news from the world of off-network data security. I also got to share with a growing reader base some aspects of the sense of humor that served me well as a newspaper columnist for several years. With this blog, I wrote about psychotic squirrels, potluck lunches and Mark Twain while somehow tying those themes to e-waste exports and the latest data breaches.
After those early days, the blog team grew to include a fine collection of industry experts and professionals within Redemtech’s Advisory Practice, while the blog became a useful conduit for contributions from company executives and guest bloggers. Highlights have included several multiple blogger series on topics such as the Bring-Your-Own-Device trend and group analyses of e-waste collections on Earth Day. One of our readers’ favorite series still resonates: a four-part nexus of humor blogs from December 2007 titled Big Red Goes Green, through which a technologically savvy Santa Claus visits the Island of Misfit Electronics and the elves learn an important lesson about recycling components.
Many things have changed since those pioneering days of blogging, and one of the most positive advances involves the acquisition of Redemtech by Arrow Electronics, Inc., a Fortune 200 global provider of products, specialized services and expertise to technology users across the product lifecycle. Acquisitions of this caliber require considerable analysis and cogitation so that all of the proper components fit well with one another. It’s really no different from taking a collection of highly charged components and piecing them together to create a working machine.
During this period, we are taking a pause from blog production and focusing on our other conventional platforms to keep customers informed of advances in our evolving industry. We put a lot of stock in the old Mark Twain adage: “No word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” What will not change are the dedication and camaraderie we’ve established that continue to give purpose to our combined endeavors.