When a device or software is hardware agnostic, it can operate with other devices, systems, or platforms without the need for specialized modifications. By being hardware agnostic, devices and software are compatible in a seamless system. Hardware agnosticism can reduce recurring costs because enterprises can use one vendor’s solution across many applications or use cases, instead of having to purchase additional hardware and software that is more tailored. Using hardware agnostic devices and software also removes the need to hire third-party professional services to master the technology.
Numerous device types exist and enterprises continue to introduce more of them to their work environments, particularly Internet of Things (IoT) devices. With so many devices in circulation, it’s an advantage to invest in hardware agnostic software that can manage these variations. Additionally, some of the best Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solution providers also offer cloud-agnostic features—making their platforms operable in any cloud environment.
There’s an ever-growing requirement for synergy between hardware and software as enterprises introduce IoT devices, and the subsequent data analytics, Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities that go along with the IoT. Although many enterprises wish to gain improved monitoring capabilities, legacy devices are often a constraint. This is where hardware agnostic SaaS and PaaS technologies really show their worth. Rather than upgrading assets like sensors and systems, enterprises can turn to hardware agnostic platforms to satisfy their edge-cloud ambitions.