ELISA kit reader software is a broad term that describes software products that are used to control ELISA kit reader equipment and analyze the results. This software is often provided along with the microplate reader equipment by the supplier, however there are also many software products that are designed to work with equipment from many different suppliers. Reader specific software can have the advantage of being more tightly integrated and allowing access to more advanced features of the reader equipment. The ability to accept data from many different types of equipment offer by equipment interdependent software is useful for researchers who operate in a lab with many different types of readers and where the software is installed on a computer separated from the equipment. It also allows researchers to use one software product over their career and to store their data in a standard format.