I agree. I think Dassault and other CAD vendors have learned this the hard way from customer complaints over the years. This has historically been a big bone of contention, particularly among customers like A&D providers who have very protected development cycles.
This is quite a feat for a software vendor. Usually there is some ability for a new version to use files from an old version. Being able to continue using the old version (updated) with new files is an advancement. It definitely shows sophistication in design of the software and data structures. It is often not effective to upgrade product versions in the middle of a design project.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.