I just got out of a technical presentation by Martin Washburn, a PLM technical specialist with Rolls Royce. Martin has 23 years in IT and 12 of those specifically with Teamcenter. He supports 8,000 users in 30 locations in 8 countries. So quite a large enterprise.
He shared with the audience the benefits of moving to a 4-tier architecture for PLM. Their 4-tiers are client, web, enterprise and resource. Martin stressed the importance of a single data source or “backbone.” He also recommended leveraging a site-sizing strategy to breakdown the technology deployed in stages by site size.
He noted benefits of 4-tier for Rolls Royce in several areas: 1. Strategic alignment with Siemens PLM Software product direction 2. Corporate policy compliance to deploy web applications 3. Increased performance and reduced cost (he explains how it does this on the video) 4. Scalable and future proof 5. Operational 6. Security