Re: Sony's Thai factory--total loss
Thanks Jorgen for the report from "Our Man in Thailand" (that makes it sound like you work for MI-6). Unfortunately, Sony and Nikon execs have been as shortsighted as their western counterparts in the last couple of decades, so their response to this natural disaster will become a telling point for how well they planned for this.
In my day job, we have disaster plans for disaster plans. Our IT installation in Miami is distributed over three sites and any one of the sites can handle the full load of the other two for a short period of time (a couple of months). Should Florida get sawed off the rest of the continent, we have backup facilities in upstate New York and Denver, CO. You will get your tax notices and jury summons even if the peninsula has sunk into the ocean.
Here's hoping that Nikon, Sony and the rest have something like that in some small way. In the meantime, prayers and help need to be sent for the people directly affected by this. Indirectly, the factory shutdown will affect the Thai economy which will impact those same people, so it behooves the corporate entities involved to get their act together as soon as they can to get the economy of the area going again.