Originally Posted by etrigan63
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.
Having been flooded out of a major office tower in San Francisco for four months this year (where a chiller pipe broke right on top of our network equipment) I can say for sure it is easier to move people to different offices and get connectivity than to replace manufacturing. We even used mifi wireless routers on floors above the flood but still lost connectivity. There are plenty of companies with systems back up capability as their sole business. In our case we could still hook into corporate systems from different locations.
Sony may have been producing NEX7's in one plant. However, the delay on the cameras doesn't appear to be infinite until they build a whole new plant. It just takes time to move the manufacturing to a different facility and to get them tooled up to make a different model. Where it gets more complex is when your supply chain is also disrupted if they can't get all of the parts they need.
So I think we will simply disagree on our assessment of contingency planning and what it takes to turn on connectivity in different places vs. build a camera in a different location by shifting manufacturing capacity and changing over a production line. Having extra capacity in the Sony network to work out contingencies will always take time because no company can completely afford to have backup facilities for every single product.
An analogy would be auto production. BMW produces all of the X3's for markets around the world in South Carolina. I highly doubt they are sitting with an idle plant that can get X3's into production without delays. In reality they would need to shift production of other vehicles in other places, adjust their parts and supply chain logistics etc. to ramp back up again in a different location.