IoT hardware development kits streamline the process of IoT solution development by enabling developers to use pre-built boards, sensors, and microprocessors along with open source codes and templates with other application building tools. These services allow companies to quickly test and prototype products that can be used in a variety of verticals and industries, saving time and resources. The hardware kit providers offer developers the chance to build connected product designs that they otherwise would not have either had the resources or experience to create. On the other end, these tools and services provide kit providers the opportunity to expand their user base by attracting developers and companies to create products and applications on their network in the hopes that, by providing these services, the developers and companies are then tied into the provider’s ecosystem. These platforms thrive only when developers use them to create innovations in both enterprise and consumer applications, so hardware development kit providers must have offerings that are attractive to developers in both the short and long term.