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  1. Have programmatic API and framework kit for Integrators

    Many partners we work with would like to be able to configure views and data output from PI Integrator for BA directly from within their Analytics tools. This could also allow for better integration with third party analytics tools and open an OEM/Reseller market for OSIsoft partners.

    11 votes
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  2. Support different TimesStamp formats when Modifying Views

    Currently it is not possible to change the TimeStamp format from MM/dd/yyyy 12h AM/PM to other formats. Since there are many potential different data endpoints, it may be a good idea to allow users to change to other formats, such as 24h Military time.

    7 votes
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    2 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Replace carriage return and other bad characters in attribute values

    We are using PI Integrator to write operator comments to a file target. The operator comments can include carriage returns which mess up the data written to file. Carriage returns and other bad characters should be replaced before writing to the target.

    3 votes
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  4. Option to specify max file size

    When publishing to a file, the file can get extremely large. There should be an option in the file target to specify the maximum file size before rolling over to a new file.

    3 votes
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  5. Allow binding of a custom SSL certificate after installation of PI Integrator for Esri ArcGIS

    As an administrator for the PI Integrator for Esri ArcGIS 2017, I want to be able to change the SSL certificate bound to the application through an installer wizard. Currently, the only option is to uninstall and reinstall the application, or manually bind the certificate using the command line netsh.

    11 votes
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    2 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Esri ArcGIS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Add attribute configuration string/PI tag name to view

    My users want to see the PI Point names in their views and not just the attribute name. I would like to be able to add the attribute configuration string as a column in my view.

    2 votes
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  7. Schedule to publish a view certain days of the week or month

    The possibility of publishing as view certain days of the week or month.

    For example publish the view
    - The first 15 days of the month.
    - Different days in a month: 1,5,11,22..
    - Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

    This will allow to have the data right when needed being able to schedule properly analyzing tasks.

    5 votes
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  8. Increase 100k stream limit

    As an engineer looking to leverage hundreds of thousands of tags for BI, I would like to use a single integrator instance to publish all of the data rather than installing multiple instances on different nodes.

    28 votes
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  9. 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.

    8 votes
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  10. Allow PIIntegrator SQL database name to be configurable during installation

    During Integrator installation, we would like to choose the name of the Integrator's backend SQL database instead of using the default name PIIntegratorDB.

    Some use cases include:
    -Being able to use the naming scheme that our organization's DBA requires for SQL Server tables
    -Installing more than one Integrator instance on the same SQL Server

    Workaround: Follow the steps in KB01640 - Installing multiple Integrator instances on one SQL server.

    12 votes
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  11. Option to delete target database when view is deleted

    When a PI View is deleted from the Integrator User Interface, the Publication Metadata and target data tables are both deleted for that view. For a view with a non-PI View target such as a SQL target, however, only the Publication Metadata table is deleted. The Integrator will no longer consider that view name to be reserved after deleting the view, but using that name again for a new view with the same target requires us to manually delete the target table if there is a change to the shape or we do not want to append to the existing…

    24 votes
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    7 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Correction to earlier comment by Matt Ziegler: This idea was not fulfilled in PI Integrator for Business Analytics 2018 release. This idea is currently not planned for a future release. If you have a use case and desired behavior for a particular writer and want to discuss further, please comment below or email me. Thank you!

  12. Allow the choice of 24 hour and 1 day sampling intervals to handle DST transition periods

    Make the PI Integrator handle DST transitions better by allowing users to choose between a sampling interval of 1 day (can be 23 or 25 hours on DST days) or 24 hours. Currently, the PI Integrator will publish 24 hours when a sample frequency of 1 day is selected, causing timestamps to shift during DST transition days.

    15 votes
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  13. Provide Bulk Column Configuration

    The current method for adding columns and changing their Data Content type (value, average, min, max, etc) is clunky and time consuming.  You can only change (or add) one column at a time, and you have to wait for the data view to refresh after each change.

    Ideally, I would like to have the ability to switch from the default UI (Column headers with real data) to a configuration UI that has a more tabular configuraiton layout or a layout similar to AF. 

    I want to be able to select multiple data items and change them all to be "Average"…

    24 votes
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    6 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Correction to earlier comment made by Matt Zieger: PI Integrator for Business Analytics 2018 does not support bulk column configuration. This idea is currently not planned. Feel free to contact me if you’d like to discuss more. Thank you!

  14. Show Date and Time of Local PI Server, Not PI AF Instance

    Currently, the timestamp which is shown in the export files is the date and time of the PI AF server which is extracting the data, not the date and time on the local PI server that the data is extracted from.  Like Datalink, we need the ability to pull data based on local date and time.

    7 votes
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  15. Automatically remove data from continuous views

    As an engineer using PI View or SQL writers for a report, I would like option to remove data older than a certain cutoff. For example, a continuous view is used to generate data for a report on the last 8 hours. Data older than that are no longer needed for the report and should be removed to avoid unnecessarily large tables.

    One workaround with Text and Hadoop writers is the Append Timestamp option, but there's no ability to remove data from other targets.

    32 votes
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    4 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    For supporters of this idea, what is the downstream client tool that consumes the data prepared by the PI Integrator? Is the concern about disk space or how to only display data for a specified time range?

    For the former, this seems to be a different type of “rolling” reporting use case that we do not currently have a solution for. In the mean time, as Rory mentioned below, a stored procedure on SQL would work if this idea is intended for SQL writers.

    For the latter, is it possible to create “rolling timespans” for your graphs, reports, tables, etc.? For example, here’s a video on how to create calculated measures for a table based on last day or month of data: youtube.com/watch?v=NevFWL2JoMU

  16. Add ability to select a subset of  assets for backfill/Update in a view.

    The current 'Update' feature backfills all assets matching the asset shape defined in the view.
    However, when there is a need to back-fill only a small set of assets in a view there is no option to select such assets.
    Adding a select option would prevent updating all assets in the view and user could select only those assets which require a back-fill.

    4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  PI Integrator for SAP HANA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback! We would need more discussion with supporters to understand the problem.

    How does the lack of this functionality impact your work? How often does this happen? How many assets are typically in your view? And how many assets are typically affected?

    Does the new automatic updates through persistent signups (introduced in 2018) mitigate this problem at all?

    Please feel free to email me or post a comment to help us understand the pain point.

  17. Allow users to add GUID of the Event Frame to a view

    The abillity to add an Event frame's GUID is necessary to allow advanced solutions like genealogy to report on and link to a specific event frame.

    8 votes
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  18. Allow to include open Event Frames

    The integrator only includes EventFrames that are closed (have end time). That is not included in the documentation, so a major issue for me now.
    The reasoning is that an open EF may not have all data or correct data. I would prefer to let the user decide on that and allow to include open eventframes. After all we can filter out the open ones using row filters.

    I planned to use the integrator to get rid of OLEDB Enterprise. Now it turns out i cannot reach all my data. Looking seriously into returning the license.

    The reasoning is

    22 votes
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  19. Include Annotations of Event Frames into Event Views

    Customer would like to do Batch reports in BI Tool and Annotations contain important information, like Operator comments, reasons for changed values etc.

    14 votes
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  20. 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.

    10 votes
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