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  1. Add AMQP message queuing (like RabbitMQ) as a target to the PI Integrator for BA

    As a BigData analyst, I need to be able to add PI information to a global AMQP message queuing middleware, RabbitMQ being one example amongst others. From this message queue other consumers will have access to PI information along with message queues from other sources for offline or streaming analysis.

    14 votes

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  2. Ability to Create View Templates

    For a large implementation of the Integrator, the ability to create View Templates would be very helpful. While the ability to create a View based on an existing View and the ability to export/import Views are both steps in the right direction, I'd like a View template to be source agnostic with regard to the Asset Shape. For example, I want to configure a metadata view that will have PI Points, uoms, paths, categories, descriptions, etc. for each Attribute I'm publishing in another View. We're talking hundreds of columns as a result. If I try to import this View, then…

    13 votes

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  3. Allow selection of US region for languages other than English

    Users should have the option to select the US as their region for languages other than English.

    Currently, the US does not appear in the region list when selecting French as the language.

    This would be useful for non-English users who wish to maintain an American date format.

    12 votes

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  4. Lock or rename file when actively writing to file

    We are using file target to move data into a system that PI Integrator does not support writing to directly. We have a script that moves the files PI Integrator creates to our other system, but we need a way to tell when the Integrator has finished writing to that file. The Integrator should either lock the file it is writing to or have a processing naming pattern similar to UFL.

    12 votes

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  5. Allow Modification on PI Integrator published view

    Often, once a view is published, we would like to add a tag to it.

    Unfortunately, for this we need to copy the view and it'll create a copy of the target, forcing us to backfill again all the view.

    We would like this to change.

    Knowing that other companies would like to keep published view locked, this is our proposal:

    • when a copy of the view is made, on the publish panel, you can select a target and also choose to create a new table or select an existing table. -> This will allow us to publish to the…
    11 votes

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  6. Have PostgreSQL as a output target for PII4BA

    We have customers which neither use Oracle or MSSQL as datawarehouse but have standardized heavily on PostgreSQL as Data Warehouse. We should support this as a target System for PII4BA.

    11 votes

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  7. Allow users to "Add Columns" while "Modifying View" even if there is no time series values selected.

    Allow users to "Add Columns" while "Modifying View" even if there is no time series values selected.

    This will let us export things like 'path', 'description', 'category', 'name', etc. Which may be useful on their own, or when joined with another table.

    This has the additional benefit of making table joins easier, as time series tables are almost guaranteed not to have any columns with unique entries.

    11 votes

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  8. For timestamp columns, provide more timezones in addition to local and GMT

    The timestamp columns in Pi Integrator only have "local" and "GMT" options. If possible, it would be useful to add additional timezones which would return the timestamp converted to that timezone.

    10 votes

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  9. Configurable message key for Apache Kafka targets

    Being able to specify message keys for Apache Kafka targets would allow users to configure partitions.

    10 votes

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  10. Update data functionality for text file outputs

    Implement the ability to update data for continuously publishing views to text file outputs in same way that it is available for other data targets.  Use cases for this include:

    1) Ability to update data in the case of out of order events, late arriving data, or recalculated data.

    10 votes

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  11. Add Json format as output targets

    Add the possibility of adding a target as a json file format

    9 votes

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    TELL US MORE  ·  Joy Wang responded

    If you voted for this idea, did you mean JSON format in the Text File target, or to support JSON format in a new target or existing target? Currently we support JSON format for the Apache Kafka, Azure Event Hubs, Azure IoT Hub, Amazon Kinesis Data Streams, and Amazon S3 writers.

  12. Add ability to export stored Events for Event-based analysis, not only interpolated

    Currently we can export PI data using a given interval, returning evenly-spaced rows of data.

    However, for some uses i need to have the original events stored in PI, not interpolated.

    E.g. i need to create a report that contains every value that the operator has entered (e.g. a catalyst dosing volume) in the duration of an EventFrame.
    For that i would need Archived values like i have in OLEDB Enterprise.

    9 votes

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  13. Allow large queries to be split up into manageable pieces

    If I build a view in the Integrator that asks the Data Archive for a large amount of information my query can timeout. This will result in the Integrator writing NULL values to certain columns of my view. As a current workaround I just build a view that spans a shorter time frame to decrease the amount of data I ask for in my query to avoid NULL values. I then can use the Update Data functionality to additional time frames in manageable pieces. This is not ideal and I do not believe it was the intended use of the…

    8 votes

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  14. Save the original First Run Time field when modifying a view

    When modifying a view that has already ran successfully, the First Run Time is not preserved.  The last time I configured it, it was set to a future date at 1AM.  When I modify it again, the field is populated with '*'.  It would be nice to have the last configuration saved even if it's not valid, so that I have the context of what I last configured.

    8 votes

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  15. Allow change of target configuration after publish

    Once a View has been published, you cannot change the Target--the dropdown is greyed out on the 'Publish' screen in the designer. You have to re-create the View to publish to a new target, which is a lot more work and opens up the potential for issues or misconfigurations. Use case: if I was publishing to a sandbox environment and now want to publish the View to production, I could change the existing View's target in the drop-down instead of re-creating it.

    Note: This is different from another, completed idea (https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555136-pi-integrators/suggestions/35776837-allow-target-configuration-changes-to-be-pushed-ou) as I don't want the configuration of…

    7 votes

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  16. Display more than 100 records (or show the total number of matching records)

    Allow the user to display more than 100 records in Modify View screen or at least show the total number of rows as additional information.

    7 votes

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  17. Have the option with streaming views to only send updated values to the target

    In PI Integrator for Business Analytics 2020 Patch 1 (2.3.0.426) streaming views has the option to send messages when any selected key values are updated, but this publishes the complete message to the target, including attributes which have not updated.

    It should be possible with the "any" message trigger to only send the updated values to the publish target. This option to only send updated data could be listed as one of the Value Options when configuring the message content.

    6 votes

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  18. Allow connecting to Read-only Domain Controller

    As a IT administrator, I would like to be able to configure the PI Integrator for Business Analytics to allow connection to my read-only domain controllers (RODC) so that the PI Integrator for Business Analytics is in line with the Windows Active Directory best practices that we employ for other applications in our organization. Currently, the PI Integrator for Business Analytics will use DNS queries based on its own server's domain to determine to which DCs it should connect, and this returns writeable DCs.

    6 votes

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  19. Allow csv file rerun in PI Integrator for Business Analytics

    Allow PI Integrator for Business Analytics to rerun a view that outputs to a csv file. Currently the "Update Data" button is grayed out.

    6 votes

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  20. Expose additional Kafka target configuration options

    To accommodate high frequency messages to Apache Kafka brokers, additional tuning of Kafka producers can be necessary to prevent high CPU and Disk I/O load. The PI Integrator should expose these parameters to allow users the ability to adjust their system as necessary. The following are common parameters that would allow for this:

    - Batch Size (batch.size)
    - Linger time (linger.msg)
    - Buffer memory (buffer.memory)
    - LZ4 compression
    

    Additionally, many projects may require that acknowledgements be sent back to the producer to confirm that they were properly received. The PI Integrator should provide the option as for whether or not…

    6 votes

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