Database-agnostic is a term describing the capacity of software to function with any vendor’s
database management system (DBMS). In
information technology (IT), agnostic refers to the ability of
something – such as software or hardware – to work with various systems, rather than being
customized for a single system.
Database-agnostic software can be useful in an environment where data must be sourced from heterogeneous
databases. On the other hand, because a database-agnostic product isn’t customized to work with a
specific DBMS, it typically can’t benefit from any special features that system offers.
Database-agnosticism is often offered as a feature of business intelligence (BI) /
business analytics (BA) and
enterprise resource planning (ERP)
See also: SQL (Structured
Query Language), data analytics, data management,
normalization, data structure, Database glossary
This was last updated in February 2011
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