The high-tech industry is rapidly demanding increasingly advanced production machinery, measuring and control systems and equipment. What is the standard today has to be even more efficient, faster, stronger, smaller and more accurate tomorrow. Developing new machines or improving existing ones is an expensive enterprise. In addition, in recent years we have reached the limits of what is physically and electronically possible. Our challenge is to keep on pushing those boundaries with smart software. This enables us to compensate for the physical imperfections of equipment inexpensively and to raise performance to a higher level. This is a sure sign that software is shifting ever further away from its role as an enabler and becoming a key part of the process.