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  1. Under the "Event Frame Search" option, give users more options for triggering on Attribute Values

    When setting a notification's trigger criteria and specifying the "Event Frame Search" option, give the user more options for triggering on Attribute Values.

    Current options: Equal, Not Equal
    Suggestions: Greater Than, Less Than, Greater Than Or Equal, etc.

    Additionally, allow the user to specify AND/OR clauses between multiple Attribute Value triggering criteria. Currently, this seems to be an implicit AND only.

    8 votes

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  2. Provide the ability to have attribute template that can be used in multiple element templates (attribute sets)

    As an user I want to be able to configure attribute templates that can be used in multiple element templates, so that I can used common attributes between different templates. For example, create three templates representing 3 different kinds of motor but each template can use an attribute template consisting of input current, input voltage, casing temperature.

    13 votes

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  3. PI Data Archive - Data Share - Distributed, Scalable, Load Balanced

    OSI should get together and devise a proper data synching mechanism that should guarantee synching archives for all backfilled events and so on.

    3 votes

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  4. Ability to search find where specific UOM are used

    As a user, I want to be able to find where specific UOM are used, so that I know the impact of UOM changes to my PI AF hierarchy.

    11 votes

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  5. Rearrange the Classic tab in the Point Builder to reflect the relationship between settings

    If the Compressing attribute of a PI Point is set to Off, then the compression settings are greyed out, which makes sense because they are irrelevant if Compressing is Off.

    However, if a PI Point has its Archiving attribute set to Off, nothing is greyed out, even though the exception and compression settings and the Compressing attribute are all irrelevant.

    I propose changing the layout of the Classic tab to reflect the relationship between these settings. If Archiving is Off, do not show the user the exception settings, compression settings, or the Compressing attribute. If Archiving is On, show the…

    3 votes

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    When you select Archiving = off, no data is sent to the archives. However, the Compression settings still apply because these settings affect what is in the Snapshot. When a client application request the “current” value, the Snapshot is returned therefore it’s important to ensure the system knows and applies the Compression settings.

    Exception settings on the other hand affect how interfaces collect data, regardless of whether we archive the data or not on the server side. Exception settings are important to ensure that we are only collect data (on the interface side) that are significant. When an interface starts up, it connects to the Data Archive to get the points list and also the Exception configurations.

    With all that in mind, please provide additional details on your use case for this idea.

  6. Share custom message formats between notification rule templates

    Allow custom message formats to be shared between notification rule templates that live on the same element template and/or utilize the same event frame template.

    Example:

    An event frame template specifies an event frame attribute that will vary between several integer values.
    Several Notification rule templates can be configured on the same element that trigger on the creation of event frames using this event frame template.
    Each Notification Rule template will trigger on different values of the event frame attribute.
    Each Notification Rule template should use the same message format, but will specify a different set of subscribers.
    Currently, the…

    6 votes

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  7. Support full dimensional analysis

    As a user of Asset Analytics I would like the UOMs to be consistent and meaningful throughout the calculations that might involve various complex operations so that the written output values are meaningful and with the correct units.

    5 votes

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    There are at least 3 items in this idea. 1) ability to designate analysis output UOM – this is currently possible via the Convert() function, 2) ability to retain UOM in some situations – this is currently possible in that if all the inputs to an analysis all UOM from the same class, the analysis output would retain the UOM, 3) (title) Support full dimensional analysis – this is very broad and can involve many things – for example, converting from mass to volumetric flow automatically. These types of full dimensional analysis is not currently in our development plan.

  8. Data Quality: Assess Data Integrity

    Have a way to assess the data integrity so end users can trust the data and issues can be fixed quickly.

    6 votes

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  9. Use geolocation to find nearby assets around me

    Use geolocation to find assets around the location of another asset.

    For example, find all wells within 2 miles of well 1043.

    4 votes

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  10. Change Event Frame Analysis Category of the Specific Element

    If I have an element template with event frame analyses and notifications, I might want to change the event frame analysis category of a specific element. I thought this could be done by selecting “Allow Extensions” for the element template, but I can’t seem to change the analyses category or notification category for a specific element even when I allow extensions. From a management standpoint it would be nice to filter on these categories to turn on/off specific analyses and notifications.

    3 votes

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  11. library management

    As an administrator I require a better mechanism to manager AF Library objects across multiple AF servers.

    I would suggest extending the current library functionality in AF to include the following:
    * library can be versioned
    * Objects created in AF from a library are read-only and linked to the library. e.g. a user is unable to alter an element template that is created from a library. If the library is updated the linked object in AF is updated. If the object is removed from the library the equivalent object is removed from AF.
    * Powershell based interface for the…

    2 votes

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  12. Give users the option to search existing Notification Contact Groups

    In the "Contacts" pane, allow users to search through existing Notification Contact Groups.
    Additionally, give users the option to organize contact groups in some way, either by who created the group or by extending AF Categories to the contacts pane.

    Example:

    Notification Contact Groups can be configured to match how various engineers are organized into different teams throughout a company.
    However, another engineer using AF may unknowingly create duplicate notification contact groups, as they cannot easily find an existing contact group with the desired configuration.
    This leads to inconsistencies between notifications (different contact groups that reference the same list of…

    3 votes

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  13. Provide mechanism to assist in Kerberos configuration / delegation testing

    As a PI Admin, I need assistance configuring and testing Kerberos delegation, so that I can access the full functionality of the products without exposing my system.

    4 votes

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  14. Shift based sending

    As a Plant manager I would like to assign specific people to receive notifications based on the time of day since they work in shifts and different people are responsible for the equipment at different times of the day.

    3 votes

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  15. Create event frames with minimum, maximum, and standard deviation attributes

    If a user has PI points that are calculated with average, maximum, and standard deviation time range method, it would be great if those points can be referenced as attributes in an event frame template. Right now the time context needed to calculate  a minimum, maximum, or standard deviation is not exposed within an event frame. It would be helpful if the time context can be exposed in event frame templates.

    2 votes

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  16. Improve selecting inputs for Formula DataReference with large number of attributes

    When an element has a large number of attributes defined (e.g. 400), then it is very difficult to select an attribute as an input to the Formula DataReference because the dropdown does not have a scroll bar.

    1 vote

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  17. Support for data classification

    As a PI admin, I need to ensure that my data access and handling complies with classifications or levels of sensitivity.

    Background
    Regulations and compliance regimes require different controls for data based on the classification of data.

    Related Requests:
    Proper classification is typically a prerequisite for any nontrivial data retention policy.
    https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/17219942-support-different-data-retention-policies

    1 vote

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  18. Alphabetize Selections in drop downbox when creating filters in EF, etc.

    In PI System Explorer, when creating a filter for looking at Event Frames, in the dropdown box, the selection items aren’t sorted in alphabetic order.  It is an arduous task to review each of the selections to pick the one that you want. It would be nice if they were in alphabetical order, or if there was a search feature.

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  19. compatibility

    the compatibility of products (e.g. Data Archive with PI AF) is not straightforward. e.g. regarding to documentation (release notes, Instal-guides) it's possible to combine Dataarchive 2012 with AF 2017-R2. and indeed it's possible to use it in combination, but the installation is requiring the following steps:

    • Install AF Server 2017 R2
    • Install AF Client 2017 R2 on Dataarchive Server
    • Uninstall PI Network Subsystem on Dataarchive Server
    • Install PI Server 2012 (Dataarchive)
    • Install AF Client 2017 R2 on Dataarchive Server
    • Perform MDB to AF migration

    thats not straight forward and should be mentioned in the documentation (list the restrictions / requirements).

    1 vote

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    This is a case of forward/backwards compatibility. It’s typically not possible to account for forward compatibility but as a general rule we provide backwards compatibility when possible. In this scenario, since AF 2017 R2 is newer than Data Archive 2012, you should first install Data Archive 2012 first, then install AF 2017 R2 and the backwards compatibility built into the upgrade process would take care of the PI Network Subsystem dependency.

  20. Buffering Manager should have tuning parameter for Points with Post Errors

    Right now there is a PerfMon counter for Buffer Health.  It's either 0, 1, or 2.  That's not helpful because it doesn't tell you what is wrong.  There are other PerfMon counters for Remaining Queue capacity and Points with Post Errors.  The Buffer Manager allows you to change the threshold on when Remaining Queue capacity flags the Buffer Health as Warning and Error.  We set that tuning parameter to a crazy high value because we just have an Event Frame based on the Remaining Queue Capacity PerfMon counter tell us when the capacity is low.  Otherwise we have redundant Even…

    6 votes

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    Hi @taterhead247
    thank you for your request for additional counters to be added to Buffering Manager. Could you please describe what it is exactly you are hoping to achieve with new performance counters?
    Specifically – what do you want to configure? how do you want point error reporting to behave? any other helpful information around your use case that will better help us understand your problem, and the solution you are looking for.

    Additionally, this request is something that is really more for the Buffering team than the health team, so I am copying their PM and will figure out how to move this request to that queue.

    thanks again for your comments, we really appreciate your feedback – it helps us to improve the product for you and all of our customers.

    Warm regards,
    Janelle Minich
    Product Manager
    OSIsoft, LLC.

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