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  1. Event Frames search across AF databases.

    We've several PI servers and AF servers where same products are running, so we need the ability to search Event Frames across our AF databases to compare production performance. This search ability should be available in all clients; PI Vision, DataLink etc.

    19 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Event Frames (EF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Tag Search GUI consistency among client tools

    Consistency among tag search GUIs within client products (PI Builder, DataLink, SMT, ProcessBook, etc.)  The search in PI Builder has limited functionality and would be nice to have the same search GUI as used in SMT and ProcessBook.

    19 votes
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  3. Add reset and hold triggers to SQC analytics

    Add the triggers to SQC rules to reset or hold the SQC rule. When monitoring a periodic or batch based process, a user needs to be able to hold the SQC rule or put that rule in a hold state until the process resumes. Without this feature, virtually all violations to the SQC rules are caused by the downtime periods - not the steady state process users are really intending to monitor

    19 votes
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  4. Show Child Attribute in Analysis PE Editor Auto-Complete

    As a user configuring Analyses, I would the the Performance Equation (PE) Editor's auto-complete to suggest any child attributes as well as regular attributes.  Note: This was previously Enhancement 109589.

    19 votes
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  5. More functions to support operations on arrays

    The arrays in Expression and Event Frame Generation analyses are useful, but use cases are emerging where more functions are needed to reduce/calculate the arrays in more streamlined fashion. For example, Concat function should support array of characters to construct a string.

    18 votes
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  6. Allow writing arrays as a time series to an output

    I would like to be able to configure outputs in an analysis to write at multiple time points (which are defined by the result of an array function).

    My use case is to:


    1. Configure an attribute as a Time Series Table Lookup

    2. Create an analysis that retrieves the values of this attribute as an array, e.g. using RecordedValues

    3. Transform the data using MapData

    4. Write the result back to another attribute that is configured as a PI Point

    18 votes
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  7. Trigger AF Analysis Using Future Data

    As an engineer, I want to execute analyses when I get a new future data value, so that any forecasts (either via Analysis or via a 3rd party system or via a PI Point update) can trigger analyses.

    18 votes
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  8. Allow BadVal to check multiple inputs or IFERROR

    Right now BadVal can only check one variable or Expression.  So if I am evaluating an expression with say 10 inputs, and I want the expression to output NoOutput() if any one of the 10 inputs are BadVal, then I have 2 options right now. 

    1) copy the whole expression into the BadVal funtion and do "if badval(expression) then NoOutput() Else expression".

    2) Do "if (BadVal(input1) or BadVal(input2) or ...) then NoOutput() else expression".

    Ideally you would have a IFERROR function like in Excel.  So you would just type "IFERROR(expression,NoOutput())

    Alternatively you could have BadVal allow multuple inputes.  So "If…

    18 votes
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  9. Native configuration promotion from test to production servers

    As a PI Administrator with a test PI Server, I need to be able to easily promote configurations from our test environment to our production environment. Currently this is extremely difficult and a very manual process.

    18 votes
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  10. Improve search Capabilities of Management Tab

    A few minor improvements to the search and filtering capabilities of the management tab could save time when doing backfills at scale - for example after transferring several elements from a development server.  If possible the following search capabilities could be very useful:
    -Improve search by template: Currently when searching by template every analysis will be listed and in alphabetical order by analysis - not template name which makes it difficult to search. It could be helpful if it were possible to choose one template and every analysis associated with that template would be included.  At the very least, adjust…

    17 votes
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  11. Allow Max Rollup to provide AF Element-attribute

    Using the Max Rollup function - I would like to know which element provided the maximum value and output this as well so I can historize the information.

    17 votes
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  12. Improvement of AF Identities/Mappings - Make it similar to PI Data Archive

    When adding a Mapping to an Identity in the AF Server this will always generate a new mapping linked to a user/group account.

    If this user/group account it's already mapped to an identity then, by default, it will add 1 to the mapping name.

    If I have a user called PISCHOOL\u602 and I add it to an identity Engineers it will generate a mapping called PISCHOOL\U602. If I add this same user to another identity like Support then it will by default generate a mapping called PISCHOOL\U603.

    This can be misleading since the PISCHOOL\U603 user might already exist and we…

    17 votes
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  13. Event Frame (EF) Linking

    Ability to link Event Frames coming in from different sources (batch & mes interfaces, EFgen, PI Analytics, custom, etc.) together based on rules and monitoring an EF attribute SO THAT it's easier to associate time frame context and data that is related together but come from different sources.

    17 votes
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  14. Compare exported AF templates to other environments

    A feature to review the changes that will be made when importing AF templates that have been exported from a lower environment.

    Example.
    Make changes to element/attribute/archive templates in dev.  Export library to XML.  Compare export to QA templates and provide a report on what all will change to be reviewed before importing.  If it has only the changes you intend to promote, then you can go ahead and import.

    17 votes
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  15. Let subscribers set timezone for alerts

    As a notification subscriber I want alerts to be sent using timestamps in my timezone so that I don't have to do mental conversion to interperate an alert.

    17 votes
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  16. Delay Real-Time Calculations until backfill is finished.

    For recursive Analyses such as below :
    PrevVal(tagA,'*') + 'TagB' → output : tagA

    When the PI Analysis Service is down (or the node needs to be restarted), the current calculation needs to be halted until the Backfilling reaches up to the start up time. Or else the value will not be as expected.

    17 votes
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  17. It would be great to have the ability to hide the Event Frame End Time in the Notification Email When a Notification Triggers

    It would be great to have the ability to hide the Event Frame End Time in the Notification Email when the notification first triggers.
    At this time, and End Time of 12/31/9999 11:59:59 PM Central Standard Time (GMT-06:00:00) is displayed even though an event is not closed.
    Note: in this case notifications have been set up to send at Event Start and End Time.

    17 votes
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  18. Access Tag Properties for Notification Content

    As an AF user, I would like to be able to store a tag’s instrument tag value in an attribute so that it can be used in the content of a Notification. For example, notifying someone on data from a PING interface where the instrumenttag property holds the IP Address.

    I am able to create an AF analysis to store a tag’s description in an attribute using the TagDesc PE function, but there is no similar PE function to pull in a tag’s instrument tag.

    17 votes
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  19. Provide the capability to apply compression on uncompressed data, aka recompress using offline archive utility.  See work item 6944OSI8.

    Provide the capability to apply compression on uncompressed data, aka recompress using offline archive utility.  See work item 6944OSI8.

    16 votes
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  20. Improve UI for Analysis Service Statistics

    It can be difficult to locate an analysis group in the current (2.9.5) UI for the Analysis Statistics in a large system. Currently the groups are organized in decreasing order of lag which is great to troubleshoot latency issues. However, if one wants to keep an eye on the performance of a particular group, they must scroll through the list to find the group which can be painful in a large system. This comes up frequently when trying to see if a group is has some skip counts.

    One way of improving the UI could be to include the type…

    16 votes
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