ProjectWise 365 + Delta File Transfers?

Great announcement at YII 2019.

I can see PW 365 being very interesting for smaller projects. Hey, even big projects/firms have to start somewhere, right?

The 'instant-on' and Microsoft platform/ecosystem are going to be big selling points... and a great means of (re)opening new doors to Bentley products.

Being Azure-based, does it leverage Azure File Sync? I am hoping that this would allow it to better support CAD/BIM applications in addition to the usual MS Office-type apps.

1. Even with big Bentley engineering clients, I see that only the very largest jobs are on PW due to the costs and management overheads. There is a significant propotion of smaller jobs that do not benefit from PW and just store their CAD files in a server folder. PW 365 would be a great tool to boost productivity for the more numerous projects in the initial stages that are almost always geographically distributed these days and don't need PW DI's bells and whistles... and if the project does go through (usually every tenth) the team can make the switch to big brother PW Design Integration?

2. This also has a big impact on the performance of any Mstn vertical user who will be subject to long waits for the files to be loaded compared to say Revit which has incremental syncs / Delta Transfers built in. AFS and 'instant-on' will also be pretty attractive to second-tier firms like architects and subcontractors that struggle to justify licensing a PW Caching Server (£60k/yr.project...Yup, bigger than the total project fee in a lot of cases) etc on premise(s)... so you end up with a slow fee-burning smell around the use of Bentley products on the shopfloor... which usually ends up with calls for 'Why not BIM 360'? Mstn has a great reputation for speed and flexibility that is currently being eroded by the lack of built-in Delta Transfers.

3. A lot of medium-to-large engineering / architectural firms are also investing in DFS's like Panzura and Nasuni etc. Not cheap. I wonder if AFS would not do the same thing and keep things better connected with MS Sharepoint, Office PW etc etc.. and cheaper at the end of the day.

4. Future pathway to Azure Comos DB...where everything is part of an IoT database / Digital Twin?

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