Discontinued Products

You know, as a consultant who has to talk with clients about specific products, there’s something that really hacks me off: discontinued products. Intuit had a product for QuickBooks called Business Analytics that was based on the BI suite from Business Objects (same folks that make Crystal Reports). It was pretty neat, not that I thought that the QBES target market would embrace the concept of BI, but it was a nice product (particularly for free). Discontinued. Nada. Good bye.
And now Microsoft discontinues the Microsoft Mobile for Dynamics offering. After certifying folks. After partners invested thousands of dollars getting up to speed. After some clients (you would assume) bought the product.
It hacks me off.