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Tech Needs a Healthier Supply Chain, Part 2

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Malcolm Penn
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Malcolm Penn   4/19/2011 1:53:06 AM
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"Are there major factors hindering this happening?"  YES!  Wall Street's and CFO/CEO greed; all in the name of "increasing shareholder value" ... little wonder that the capitalist business model has become so discredited.  This is not capitalism but a cynical distortion for vested self interests.  It is time for companies to start running their buisinesses properly with the business driving the balance sheet not the other way around.  Time too for greed and poor management to become as socially unacceptable as racism and drunk driving.

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Foundry business needs to be distributed
prabhakar_deosthali   4/19/2011 1:29:18 AM
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I just read in a recent report that  more than 60% of the wafer foundry business is concentrated in Earth-quake prone areas - Japan and Taiwan. That is a RED ALERT for the electronics industru worldwide as the foundries are the backbone of Electronics manufacturing.  USA and Europe have a very nominal share of the current Wafer fabs. These nations have to take this fact seriously and put in capital investments now to correct this huge imbalance in the supply chain. Foundries like TSMC and UMC must make effort to distribute their fabs outside the seismic zone to avoid repetition of what has happened in Japan.

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TIOLUWA   4/18/2011 2:34:50 PM
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I think TaimoorZ's point holds one of the gretest lessons of this tragedy for the supply chain. Too much depends on Japan, that is why the loss is so great, just as so much is depending on China now.

the supply chain really needs to spread out, the prevent a such an occurence as this from happening again.

Are there major factors hindering this from happening?

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will c   4/18/2011 12:04:29 PM
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@multiple sourcing idea. This is a good idea for contingency planning, but likely adds cost in terms of another entity to manage and a new problem in part equivalency.

From this article, the main problem is power generation. Maybe suppliers should be required to have generators.

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TaimoorZ   4/18/2011 11:22:24 AM
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@Tirlapur: That's exactly what I had thought while reading through the disruptions in electronic supply chain caused by the quake. Japan may be the leader in electronic component manufacturing, but it's not the sole production center. Countries like China and Hong Kong have similar facilities for production. I think OEMs will have to rethink their strategy and instead of trusting one outsourcing partner, they may consider having multiple partners to minimize the risk.

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You cannot plan backups for such disasters
prabhakar_deosthali   4/18/2011 1:23:40 AM
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The disasters of such a magnitude, as what has happened in Japan, come once in a lifetime and generally may not be repetitive. Next time a totally unseen-before disaster may strike a totally unexpected region of the world. All businesses are run with some kind of a risk with some reasonable backup measures. But when unprecedented events occur the businesses all around are going to be thrown out of gear.  The amount of overhead all the backup systems required to cover such disasters will be enormous and a normal business cannot afford it.  It is like when we walk out of the house everyday for work, the possibility of metting accident on the road is enormous but we take that risk and move on. We only take adequate precautions but cannot afford to take into account all the possibilities .

So we have to stop  getting unduely paranoid about the failure of some of the businesses becaue of the unprecedented event that happened in Japan. Some of lessons would be however worth taking into consideration while planning in the future - be it a supply chain strategy, distributed manufacturing  or outsourcing.

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Ariella   4/17/2011 11:15:23 AM
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 But when something goes wrong, the effects are potentially catastrophic, made worse by the fact no one really has any contingency planning any more.

 I do wonder about that. So many businesses seem to operate on the premise that they will be operating in the best of all possible worlds in which nothing can go wrong. Then when something goes wrong, as is almost inevitable, they have no idea what to do. Had they planned for it, they would have had to deal with a minor glitch, but as so many do not they are stymied. Then everything has to grind to a halt as they search for a solution. Business managers would do well to memorize Murphy's law, not in a fatalistic way, but to bear in mind what to plan for. 

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Re : Tech Needs a Healthier Supply Chain, Part 2
tirlapur   4/17/2011 1:23:50 AM
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"made worse by the fact no one really has any contingency planning any more."

Malcolm,

  Why can't companies rely on mutliple outsourcing partners rather than single. This will diversify the supply-chain base and will help the company to cope up  catastrophe.

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Eldredge   4/16/2011 5:53:01 PM
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I wonder how many companies or individuals factored this into their strategic planning.



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