Let me clarify my comment above in case it sounds daft - The title of the article implies Japan but it seems unusual that Japan would be the last region for release, when it is (perhaps?) the easiest in which to carry out a limited release and correct any problems which arise in a relatively small (compared to the US?) and physically local market.
I wonder what the reasoning is behind the staggered launch dates (perhaps long enough to perform firmware updates but not hardware updates on the units in stock) and the launch geographical order.
Any thought from engineers experienced in global product release? Thanks.
Hi. Sorry about the confusion. As you can see I added some clarification with a further post but that was within a minute or so of your reply so I guess you didn't see it; we were no doubt typing our posts at the same time.
Renesas' problems are much severe and complex. I don't think that successful Wii can solve these problems. Let us take a look at the reality.
(1) Renesas is still directionless. Probability of KKR coming in is practically nil, but it is not clear how and when will Innovation Network take the control of Renesas. Who will be the next President and how exactly they plan to turn around the company. Will SoC business be spun off? Will Renesas mobile become a subsidiary of DoCoMo? We have been hearing this for months now, but no concrete action plan yet.
(2) Almost 7,500 people took early retirement in the end of October. From what I have heard, some of the best talent that Renesas had took advantage of this opportunity to come out of the mess. Non-performers who knew that their market worth is almost zero are still in the company. With some of the finest brains already out of the company, Renesas is now at the mercy of these non-performers. I remember reading somewhere that one of the bankers heavily criticized that almost 60-70% of Renesas top management has absolutely no experience of running a global business. I think this was understatement. I will say that more than 90% of Renesas top management is toxic.
(3) Few months back, Renesas management unveiled aggressive plans of closing factories and reducing the work force by 12,000. As we stand today, not a single factory has been shut. Against the target of 12,000 layoffs, the actual number stands at 7,500 (remember that company has spent almost US$ 2 billion as early retirement packages. All additional loans and cash will be gonne). It seems Renesas management feels that they have all the time in the world for cleaning up the mess. Even if they reduce the headcount by 12,000, they will still have more than 35,000 people in the company. Renesas with about US$ 10 billion revenue should not have more than 20,000-25,000 people.
Idea that a successful Wii will turnaround Renesas is like thinking that a dose of penicillin will cure cancer! Sorry, it doesn't work.