Partnerships are Important
A business is in the middle. At the up-line are the Microsofts, HPs and Dells, etc., of the world that deliver businesses with cutting-edge technology to increase productivity and efficiency. At the down-line are the eBays, exporters, data disposal services and metal recycling/disposal firms of the world that deliver the residual value of the equipment to businesses. If a business manages to create strong partnerships throughout the chain then, great things can happen. However, if the link is weak at either end then, keeping up with the pace of technology will always remain a challenge.
If the link is strong, a business can plan and execute a roadmap to upgrade the environment perfectly. For example, the business will know that new equipment will be available in 2016/17/18... At X amount and the expected residual value of their old equipment is Y amount at time 2016/17/18.... The total cost will always be X-Y=Z