As a CIO or IT Manager, you may think you have a sensible road map for the replacement of your hardware and software. However, even the best plans can go awry when one of your vendors suddenly decides that one of your products is going End of Life (EOL).

Your strategy has been designed to maximise return on investment for the capital costs you’ve committed, but all that is swept aside when a supplier decides to stop supporting or maintaining a product.

We’ve seen a rash of these decision lately, as mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies have all taken their toll on product life cycles. So what can you do about it?