Re: With Personnel Maybe..
Jeff, Shane: Funny, I had the opposite impression. I thought the benefits of risk mitigation were so obvious that spreading your sourcing around was a no-brainer. Imagine any of these scenarios:
a. A manufacturer it completely dependent on one source for, say, memory in a new smartphone. And the supplier is hit by a devastating monsoon that shuts down production for six weeks. Too late to scramble for alternate suppliers, but if you have one or more in place, you can see if each can ramp up production to offset the shortage.
b. All your phones are manufactured in one fatory in China -- and it is destroyed by a fire. If you haven't got another supplier set up, tough luck.
c. You have all your defense companies records secured in your ultra secure datacenter. One day, you arrive to find foreign-government hackers have destroed valuable records. Got a copy stored in the cloud?
Don't all three of those cases make the cost worthwhile?