I know posting to this is a little late but as a daily user of wonderware and and ab plc’s , I love the combination when put together. I work as as Site Controls Specialist for a snack manufacturing company we use wonderware slightly different at our plant than anywhere else I’ve ever seen. We’ve done this since intouch version 9.5 and are currently doing it still since we’ve upgraded to 2014 sp2. We have a central engineering server that houses rslogix 5, 500, 5000 and studio along with with intouch. All applications are designed and deployed via NAD wonderware’s network applications development and pointed back to the server. They are all virtual machines with field thin clients “server hardware is just better” pointed to each of them. This allows us when production has an issue to open wonderware and actually see the problem they are having then alt-shift-1 into window maker grab the corresponding plc tag and trace back to the issue. It is quick and dirty and saves huge amounts of time in trying to figure out where in the logic the problem is. We do use a lot of scripts but in wonderware it is fairly easy to do these. We have also created special screens for the Controls team that pop up when your logged in from the server to launch the correct plc files, VNC , ip scanners, putty any tool I need I have at my disposal as long as I know how to bring focus to it with wonderware. I’m not saying it is the be all end all but it is a good product. Now for all this to work well it does take a strong Controls team with good knowledge of IT practices, it also helps to have a DNS/Active directory server on the Controls network to facilitate remote management of everything. Also corporate IT has to stay out of the factory floor unless they are willing to learn how factory floor communications work.