Originally Posted by Terry
I'm not so sure I agree with your assessment. Presumably, factories in Thailand are somewhat of a diversification of plan to not keep all production concentrated in Japan (and it is also a lower cost alternative). To have both Japan and Thailand facilities both sustain severe damage within 6 months of each other isn't just a simple recovery. It is also a completely different recovery to restore IT than it is manufacturing.
That would be correct Terry, if Sony manufactured their camera lines in multiple facilities distributed geographically. However, these factories made headphones, Alpha A65 cameras, and NEX-7 cameras and kit lenses. Those product lines are now at zero output. Therefore, Sony may have multiple production facilities, but they are running a limited part of the line card with no provision for covering the loss of another facility.
And no, recovering a lost IT facility is no different than recovering a lost manufacturing plant. You don't just plunk a mainframe computer and all of its attending systems and infrastructure in a convenient closet somewhere. It takes the same amount of planning, manpower, and resources to put one of those up as it does to deploy a manufacturing/assembly facility.
Yes, I know that some computer companies make IT "pods" (for lack of a better term) in shipping containers, but those are emergency systems and not for permanent installations.