NI LabVIEW system design software can run on most common OSs and deploy code to an array of hardware targets. This flexibility means you can choose the most appropriate computing platform, protecting your investment in the code you have developed and the people you have trained. Other tools and languages are often tightly bound to one OS or hardware platform. Putting together systems composed of multiple platforms requires significant training and software investment in multiple tools.
With LabVIEW, your skill set as a developer moves from target to target because it is the same toolchain and programming paradigm. Using a cross-platform, cross-target tool makes you more versatile. Test and control systems often have multiple components that may run on different hardware. The interface component could be a touch panel computer or a desktop PC. The test code could be running on an industrial controller or embedded PXI system. You might have critical logic running on a rugged real-time PC or FPGA board. You may also require intelligence embedded into an instrument, machine vision system, or wireless sensor.
To tackle the various programming elements, you traditionally needed a team of experts: someone to develop the algorithms, a GUI or host application developer, an embedded programmer, and finally, someone to program the FPGA. At least four different skill sets and knowledge of four different languages and toolchains are needed to solve a problem that can be solved by one skilled LabVIEW developer.