I believe that planning succeeds better than just ESP. If you need parts, you always need to have at least two suppliers for each part and hopefully three or more. Why? Just for the reasons you stated. In a crunch, you need options. If you have a sorted list of suppliers, you can quickly find a replacement source for a while if your primary source experiences unexpected difficulties.
It is all about good risk management and planning.
Just my opinion.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.