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  1. Provide support for Element Attribute with Value Retrieval Method by time Not Supported when requesting sampled data with an interval

    When retrieving AF attributes with a by Time Range setting of Not supported, the integrator will not return the data for the intervals as defined by the Query.

    34 votes
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    0 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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

  3. Organize views in Integrator User Interface

    We would like a better way to manage views in the Integrator User Interface. For example, we would like the views to be able to be sorted into a folder structure. With many views it is hard to properly manage them without something to sort them.

    28 votes
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    3 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. 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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  5. 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…

    28 votes
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    8 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!

  6. 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"…

    26 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!

  7. 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

    24 votes
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  8. Support Silent (Unattended) Installation and configuration to ease cloud deployment

    Please provide a silent installation capability for PI Integrators. A preferred implementation would be a command line approach (as opposed to a silent ini). This allows for the install to be execute via a command prompt or via PowerShell where configuration settings are passed as command line arguments as is done currently with the integrated PI Server install kit. An ability to export the command syntax from the PI Integrator install kit would be an added bonus. (Example of the specific implementation can be found on page 294 of the PI Server 2018 Installation and Upgrade Guide.)

    An extension to…

    20 votes
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  9. PI to Maximo integration

    When PI is used to gather equipment sensor information but Maximo is used for asset management, it would be helpful to have a simple way to get equipment information out of PI and into Maximo.  This would be useful for scheduling preventative maintenance, among other things.

    19 votes
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    4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for the feedback and ideas so far! At this time, we have commitments and another planned release for PI Integrator for Business Analytics at the end of 2018. We will revisit this idea again after the next release. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or additional feedback.

  10. Add support for multiple events with same timestamp in PI Integrator for BA

    The Integrator for BA appears to be a great fit for exporting event-based data such as Batch Interface Messages to external systems. Interpolation doesn’t apply in these cases so we can use a tag as the ‘Key’ in value mode selection.
    However, there are cases where a tag can have multiple entries at a given timestamp (e.g. EMDVB Recipe Parameter Downloads) and the current behavior is to only include the first value in the output view. This approach results in missing data and makes the integrator unusable in these cases.
    Ideally the view would return all records (as per PI…

    18 votes
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  11. Specify desired logging level

    As a PII4BA administrator I would like to specify a logging level so I can filter which logs I want to store and which ones I don't want to store in the database.

    18 votes
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    0 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Is this an issue of limited SQL storage? We have a log retention policy that can be configured by the user in the CAST.UI.WindowsService.exe CONFIG file today. By default it only retains a maximum of 2 months of data AND no more than 100k rows AND no more than 1000MB of disk space. Similar retention policies can be created for the PIIntegratorStats database as well.

    Let me know if this would satisfy the requirement. Or provide more information on how specifying the logging level would help. If you could, which logging levels would you keep vs. throw away and why?

  12. Allow publish to Azure data lake store gen. 2

    Allow PI intergrator for Business Analytics to publish to Azure data lake store gen. 2.

    17 votes
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  13. Allow "PI View" target to be disabled

    I would like the option to remove or disable the "PI View" target on the Data Warehouse, Azure, and SAP Hana editions. 

    In these editions, the PIIntegratorDB is expected to remain small because the data is published out to a separate database.  The problem, however, is that users may accidentally publish very large views to the "PI View" target instead of, for example, Azure Data Lake.  This can fill up drive space on the SQL server and prevent the Integrator (or other services that rely on that SQL server) from running.

    For these editions, most users will not be publishing…

    15 votes
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  14. Remove default columns from text file target

    In the output file for the text file target there are some default columns that get added to the file "ID, PIIntTSTicks, and PIINTShapeID ". It will be good if those columns are not automatically added to the output file.

    15 votes
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    2 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Update: One of our colleagues rightfully pointed out that the ID column on the text file target still exists and is non-necessary. The ID column will be removed for the release after PI Integrator for Business Analytics 2018 R2 SP1. Thank you!

  15. PI Integrator end point for MQTT

    Support an end point for MQTT

    14 votes
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  16. 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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  17. Allow default schema to be configurable

    Our Database Administrator would like the Integrator to publish using a different schema than dbo for SQL targets, so I would like this to be configurable in the Integrator. Currently it is not possible to change it from the default dbo.

    12 votes
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    2 comments  ·  PI Integrator for Business Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. 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.

    12 votes
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  19. 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.

    12 votes
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  20. Expose PI Integrator view statuses

    Customers who plan to have a significant number of views need a better way to manage the status of their views other than periodically checking the PI Integrator UI.

    There should be a way to obtain view statuses through other programs (custom or PI), so that users can receive alerts if a view goes into an error status.

    11 votes
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