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  1. Be able to disable auto backfilling on a per analysis basis

    Currently in the analysis service configuration there is a parameter called “AutoBackfillingEnabled” which affects the analysis calculations in a global basis. It would be great if it were possible to disable the auto backfilling to individual calculations.

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  2. Looking for a feature  which makes merging multiple databases seamless with a version control system like Git

    Looking for a tool that would compare two databases (that originated from the same parent) then gives user option to keep or discard changes from each and eventually merge them to form a working production database.

    30 votes
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  3. Multistate values on Notification emails

    As a user of PI AF and Notifications Service, I would like to send emails, with contents whose color will be changing according to the condition, like a Multistate Symbol on PI Processbook. I would like to avoid creating a number of email formats with the personalized contents.

    30 votes
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  4. Write custom code for AF Analytics

    As an analytics admin, I would like to be able to add more complex code such as Loops, Arrays, and other advanced logic to AF Analytics calculations SO THAT I can perform more complex and custom calculations while leveraging the scheduling and other features of AF Analytics.

    30 votes
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  5. Make it possible to sync AF enumeration sets to PI digital state sets.

    With enumeration sets in AF being similar to Digital State sets in the Data Archive, it would be handy if it was possible to automatically sync enumeration sets to digital state sets. For scenarios that rely heavily on such sets, this would greatly increase their maintainability.

    29 votes
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  6. PI System Explorer (PSE PI AF) Web

    Please consider creating a web application like PI Vision Admin, PI Web API Search, PI Manual Logger for Web, and the various integrators, but for PI System Explorer (PSE, PI AF). I would prefer this to the client-server design now. It would make version management, software dependency management, upgrading, firewall/network-services management, etc. easier. This would obviate the need to re-package the OSIsoft installers in whatever software package management software an organization uses. Another solution would be to use the Windows 10 application store. However, that wouldn't mesh well with using Cloud IaaS services. OSIsoft could even offer this new PSE…

    29 votes
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  7. Stop backfilling / recalculation of analyses

    It's great that we have one more option as recalculation other than backfilling in Analyses plugin.

    The backfilling / recalculation of analyses is manual process we do, because of delayed data or change of logic of analysis. In this case, sometime it happens that user has defined wrong period or selected wrong analysis while clicking on backfill / recalculate option, and if # of analysis selected are large, then it is quite frustrating to let wrong backfilling/recalculation be completed.

    To stop current backfilling / recalculation operation, non-recommended approach is update the RecalculationProcessor.RequestedRecalculations.xml file. Problem with this approach is that end…

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  8. Add the ability to link UOM field in AF to attribute value within PSE

    We use a custom data reference to store UOM information in an AF Attribute, which is then stored in PI using Tag Creation and substitution parameter. Currently there is no way to automate the UOM written in an AF attribute to the UOM field of the "target" attribute.

    A possible way of doing this, from a user perspective, would be to allow substitution parameters to be used in UOM definition.

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  9. Automatic Recalculation of Event Frame in PI Analysis

    As a user, I would like to have the option to automatic recalculation of event frame for out-of-order input events in AF analysis. The option is available for expression analysis in PI Analysis  2017 R2 but not for event frame generation analysis.

    28 votes
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  10. PI Analysis Performance Checker

    Currently PI Analysis Service has a built-in Statistics tool in PI System Explorer.

    It is able to show statistics regarding Evaluation and Calculation Lag as well as Skipped Evaluations and some other important information.

    PI System Explorer could run these statistics periodically and notify the user (in the Management tab or in the Analysis tab itself) whenever a PI Analysis has its parameters out of certain values (could cause a bad performance)

    So that the users could avoid performance issues more easily.

    27 votes
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  11. Add configurable defaults for PI Point "Pointsecurity" and "Datasecurity"

    Read access to the PIPOINT table is required for most identities. Pointsecurity and Datasecurity currently use the settings on the PIPOINT table as the default. New points will generally give read access to most identities because of these defaults. This makes it difficult to configure an identity with read access to some points, but not all points (common when giving external contractors limited access).

    Additionally, for best practice security, buffer identities need read access to Pointsecurity, but read/write access to Datasecurity. There is currently no way to configure this combination as a default.

    Adding two new tables (ex. PTSECDEFAULT and…

    26 votes
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  12. Periodic trigger monthly and yearly

    I would like to have monthly and yearly periodic trigger for Analysis-Expression and Event Frame Generation. Currently I have to use the daily trigger and check in the analysis if the month or the year changed. In case of “false” there is no output. In the case of “true” there is an output. This works but it is circuitous.

    25 votes
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  13. PI AF - Child Event Frames using different template to parent

    We currently have Event Frames generating for machine faults, with child event frames then tracking things such as maintenance team response time etc.
    Leveraging this data in excel reports is proving difficult however due to the Child Event Frames having the same template and naming convention as the parent.
    If Child Event Frames could have custom naming or different templates it would be extremely valuable

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  14. List Notifications by User

    It would be useful to add a feature to list notifications by user. This feature would be helpful in managing the list of notifications as more notifications are created and as users change job roles.

    23 votes
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  15. Enable headers for SOAP and REST Web Service Notifications

    The feature added in 2017 R2 was for authentication of the SOAP payload, not for managing headers within the payload.  PI remains unusable as a secure source of data for Maximo without it because you can't configure a MAXAUTH header.

    There's no way to configure headers for Notification Rules associated with a PI AF Services v2017 SP1 Elements with a SOAP or REST Web Service Endpoint.  Authenticated web services, such as our company's Maximo's meter data inbound service requires a MAXAUTH header with a base64-encrypted username:password string.  As a result, you can't use PI as a source of data for…

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  16. Support for localized element and attribute names

    As an user, I want to be able to have a localized element and attribute name in addition to the base language, so that my users do not have to learn a different language.

    22 votes
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  17. Expose SQC calculations to the asset model

    As a PI user, I want to be able to visualize and analyze the SQC violations that are generated by the SQC rules. 

    The ability to save SQC outputs such as  Mean, median, mode, stdev, Cpk, max, min, 1-5 sigma zones, ucl, lcl in the following ways

    1) the EF associated with the SQC rule - essentially the alarm event
    2) an EF associated with a process event.  I want SQC summaries added as EF attributes bound by process event frames
    3) AF clients.  I want to be able to add Cpk, sigma etc for any applicable AF attribute to…

    21 votes
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  18. Make Analysis trigger on different inputs when timestamps of input tags are equal

    If an Analysis is triggered on "Any Input", and the inputs have the same timestamp but come in after each other, the Analysis is only triggered at the first input.

    For example: We have a simple Analysis which summarizes 2 tag.
    The first tag comes in a 14:00, with timestamp 14:00. This triggers the calculation. The second tag comes in at 14:02 also with timestamp 14:00. Now the calculation in not triggered anymore.

    We've also discussed this with Techsupport, and they came with the following statement: "With Event Triggered, the first value to come into the PI DA is used…

    21 votes
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  19. Selectable Write Mode for Analyses

    As an analysis user I would like to define what should happen if multiple triggers occur with the same timestamp.
    Currently AF analysis are using "Replace" mode when writing to the archive (meaning if multiple triggers have the same timestamp, the last one will overwrite all previous ones). AF SDK supports using "Insert" mode (which allows for multiple values having the same timestamp). I would like to have an option to select the write mode for each analysis.

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  20. Composite element templates

    As an user I want to be able to create a template hierarchy (parent-child) all at once, so that I can easily create a hierarchy representing related assets. For example, create a motor, gearbox, compressor train with a single template that actually consists of (in this case) 3 templates.

    21 votes
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