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  1. Handle case where the analysis service force closes and reopens an event frame better

    Notifications should not send a close notification for an event frame that was temporarily closed by the PI Analysis Service.

    1 vote
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  2. In the PI Asset Framework Database SQL Scripts, replace the batch (.bat) scripts with PowerShell (.ps1) scripts

    In the PI Asset Framework Database SQL Scripts, there are 3 "GO.BAT" files and 1 "afbackup.bat" file. These should be replaced with PowerShell scripts for several reasons:

    • PowerShell is easier to read and is a more powerful language than the batch language.
    • Batch scripts are best used in Windows, whereas PowerShell is cross-platform. This replacement will support OSIsoft's expansion outside of Windows.
    • Microsoft is pushing for PowerShell and leaving batch files in the dust.
    • The scripts are short and therefore easy to convert to PowerShell scripts.

    1 vote
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  3. Expose backfilling/recalculation status in the AFSDK

    Currently analysis runtime information can be accessed programmatically using the AFSDK (AFAnalysisService.RuntimeInformationFields - https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Documentation/PI-AF-SDK/html/POSIsoftAFAnalysisAFAnalysisService_RuntimeInformationFields.htm). However, there are no fields which can be specified corresponding to backfilling/recalculation status of an analysis.

    Adding a field for the aforementioned property or introducing a new method which could expose backfilling/recalculation status would be helpful for finding backfilling/recalculation errors programmatically. This approach should be much faster than finding analyses with backfilling errors in PSE.

    4 votes
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  4. Analysis output type identified in statistics

    Add some metadata to analysis statistics to identify which analyses are outputting to PI Points, which are configured as an Analysis Data Reference and which are a mix of both. Currently this isn't identified and can cause some confusion. For example, an analysis DR could be reported as skipping, but if it isn't used as the input of another analysis this would not necessarily cause any issues. It may be expensive for an AF Client to retrieve the data. It's however not accurate to say that the Analysis DR is skipping.

    1 vote
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  5. Preview and backfilling of event triggered analysis

    For event-triggered analyses, interpolated values must not be used in the preview because this does not correspond to real-time execution.
    The interpolation calculates with values which were not available at the time of execution.
    For the preview and for the backfilling there should be an option whether interpolated values or values at the trigger time are used.

    1 vote
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  6. Date and time format in Preview-Results pane (PI System Explorer) to be consistent with all other date & time formats

    The Date and time format in PI System Explorer's Preview-Results pane are not displayed according to the end user's operating system date & time format defined. This is an inconsistent behavior to that of PI System explorer in general sine the application displays date & time formats according to the OS settings in all other fields.

    In the attached example one can see that the start\end date & time formats displayed on the trend's X-axis are correct (comparing to local OS settings) as oppose to the ones displayed in the Preview-Results pane...

    2 votes
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  7. Ability to edit "escalation team" member priority in PI Builder

    There is currently no way to edit priority for member of an escalation team in bulk, it has to be done one by one in PSE. For users that have 30+ escalation teams, this is a lot of tedious work. it would be nice to be able to pull in the escalation team object with its members and their priority number, edit the priority numbers, and publish to AF.

    2 votes
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  8. Keeping old events that have been manually worked on in case of Recalculation/Backfill

    Case 1.
    There are some EFs that should be acknowledged and commented by equipment owners. In Pharma World, these comments qualify as GxP and shall not be deleted. Whereas Event Frames generated by analysis can sometimes due to data coming late or analysis errors be faulty. If by recalculation the EF attributes are corrected with data, the user will not be notified of the change, and the comment would be faulty. And if the error is in the trigger tags, and they will be changed afterwards, while recalculating the event would be completely different, and the comments are therefor not…

    2 votes
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  9. Enable Data Fanning for PI Collectives through PI System Management Tools

    Currently, PI System Management Tools supports buffering but not data fanning (does not send data to all collective members).

    When using a PI Collective, customers would like to make changes to PI Point values in Archive Editor in the Primary Data Archive and see those changes replicated to the Secondary Data Archive when buffering is enabled.

    4 votes
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  10. Maximum security should be the default for the PI Data Archive and PI System Management Tools

    Maximum security by default would help encourage security best practices by:
    • Making the best decision for customers that do not know or care about security
    • "Rewarding" security-conscious customers with not having to expend effort to maximize security
    • "Punishing" customers that practice suboptimal security by requiring extra effort to make their PI system less secure
    • Sending the message that "secure" is the new normal and "insecure" is the odd one out

    Please make the following changes to the PI Data Archive and PI System Management Tools:

    • All built-in PI Users should have the "User is disabled",…

    1 vote
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  11. Analysis tab can be slow to load

    The analysis tab in PSE can take quite some time to load if there are thousands of elements being referenced in the input attributes. This is rare for Expression, Event Frame and SQC analyses, but not as rare for Rollups. Ideally the tab should load faster, or at the very least the UI should not be blocked while the tab is loading.

    4 votes
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  12. Global Numerical Filters for PI Integrator for Business Analytics

    The ability to globally filter numerical data that isn't always clean instead of filtering each view individually.

    2 votes
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  13. Overridden Analysis Templates and Example Elements

    There is an audience of users that (based on recommendations from OSIsoft staff) overrides analysis templates - creates an analytic in a derived template with the same name as an analytic in the base. They can change the input attributes or even the equations in the overriding analytic. This results in multiple analytics showing in derived templates. This seems to be an 'unpublished' feature. If an element is selected, multiple analytics of the same name may appear but only one is enabled to be selected/used.

    The issue - if a user has selected the derived element template and wishes to…

    1 vote
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  14. PI Notifications REST endpoint message formats more customizable

    As a user, I would like to have more customization over the message formats of REST endpoints by being able to use substitution parameters.

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  15. Support deletion/reset of snapshot values in the Buffering subsystem

    The Analysis server uses the PI Buffer subsystem in order to apply Exception and Compression testing on the results of Analysis. However, when deleting data (either through Recalculation or deleting data via Powershell or PI SMT, or whatever) the PI Buffer subsystem on the Analysis server never resets the stored snapshot value/timestamp.

    The consequence of this is that if the same Analysis is recalculated multiple times (for example after corrections, optimization, etc), compression is only ever applied the very first time an Analysis is recalculated. After that, compression is never applied up to the timestamp that the recalculation was run…

    2 votes
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  16. PI AF Linked Tables used for Time-Series Data with OOO events

    As AF Table Lookup Data Reference is configured with a time column in order to support cashing, edits of the following types to the table data will not be picked up by AF Clients: 

    1- Update the value of an Existing record/Event

    2- Add a new record/event with Timestamp prior to the end of stream (the last retrieved event)

    Enhancement required is for PI AF Clients is to pick up the mentioned types of changes.

    2 votes
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  17. Show inherited Attributes on derived Templates, just like inherited Analysis are shown on derived Templates.

    I would like to view inherited Attributes on the derived templated. It should be disabled to edit. Just like inherited Analysis are shown on derived templates.

    5 votes
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  18. PI AF Link & PIBatch - Ability to uninstall it

    PI AF Link is not included in PI 2018 but it would be good to be able to remove the link during an upgrade. (not possible today https://customers.osisoft.com/s/knowledgearticle?knowledgeArticleUrl=000027668).
    Same for PIBatch which cannot be uninstalled even when not licensed for (recommended to disable service https://customers.osisoft.com/s/knowledgearticle?knowledgeArticleUrl=PIBatchsubsystemdoesntstartBatch)

    3 votes
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  19. Add functionality to lists shown in PSE Management Plug-in

    For the Management plug-in add -
    - ability to add additional columns such as element template name
    - allow sorting by column
    - add element template name as a search criteria

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  20. Add information about analyses are handled in derived templates and overriding templates

    So there is absolutely nothing in the PSE user guide about how analysis templates are handled in derived templates. And while it appears that it is possible to override an analysis in the base template by creating one with the same name, there is little to no content about it - PI Square, Live Library. The User Guide should discuss how analytics are handled in derived templates. I guess you could punt the discussion of overriding analytic templates to a link to content on the portal - IF you would create that content (not just a PI Square post)- and…

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