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  1. Variable True For parameter for Event Frame Analyses

    As an AF Administrator, I want to configure an Analysis Template for Event Frames with a True For parameter that would have it's value stored in an AF Attribute (configuration item). The use case is that elements built from the template will have Event Frames that will require a different True For value. I would like to have the analysis both base off a template and with the possibility of having different True For values. It would also be nice to have a True For parameter for the End Time. This is already a request:

    https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/17648182-event-frame-end-trigger-time-true-functionality

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  2. Allow Copy & Paste of Notification Rules

    I would like to be able to copy a notification rule in PI System Explorer from an existing element or template and paste it on another element or template. That way when I have similar notification rules, I can copy/paste and make only the changes I need instead of recreating the rule.

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  3. 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…

    39 votes

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  4. 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
    38 votes

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    Can you clarify if your use case has 1 output PI Point or multiple PI Point(s)?

    Is there any reason why you are not using RDBMS interface to bring your table data into the PI System? That would remove a lot of complexity and greatly improve performance.

  5. Which tags are being used by a PI Analysis

    As a PI Administrator, I want to know which tags are being used at which PI Analysis so I can know exactly if there is already another Analysis writing to a tag and avoid duplicated or wrong data.

    37 votes

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  6. 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.

    34 votes

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  7. Allow output expressions when using implicit Event Frame generation modes

    In AF/Analytics 2018, implicit modes of Event Frame generation were introduced (Pulse, Step, and Step Continuous), but they do not allow for an output expression like the explicit trigger. Adding this functionality would allow for EF attribute values to be written directly to PI tags when using any implicit mode.

    33 votes

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  8. 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…

    33 votes

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  9. Offer extended support for PI ProcessBook for security updates only past 2022

    As other vendors do, offer customers the option to purchase extended support for PI ProcessBook for security updates only past 2022 for at least one year, and reevaluate annually based on number of customers interested.

    This would only apply to security-related fixes, not enhancement or other functionality updates.

    32 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…

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  11. Allow changes to pitimeout table (tuning parameters) to be audited

    I can be helpful when tracking down issues or troubleshooting past events what the values of tuning parameters were at a given time. Adding the ability to Audit this table would allow retrospective insight into tuning parameter configurations.

    A similar enhancement specifically regarding Auditing can be found here:
    https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/18740068-track-if-auditing-was-turned-off

    32 votes

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  12. Ability to send a notification without being triggered by an event frame

    As a notification user I want to receive a report on daily or weekly basis but I don’t want to store any associated data about it like the event frame information or the notification history since I use event frames for other purposes and I don’t want to clutter my PI system

    32 votes

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  13. Ability to clear and not send notifications on Notification service startup.

    We've had issue with Notifications spamming users with events should a PI collective member stop getting data.

    At times, we need to disable the notification service until we can resolve the issue. After the issue is resolved, we need to start the notification service, and need an option to have it not send past email notifications.

    To be clear, clear all past events on service startup.

    31 votes

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  14. 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.

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  15. Add IsDST() function to AF Analytics

    Use Case: calculating which Shift is working within a rotating-shift cycle, which must the follow Daylight Savings Time offset.

    This function is available in the Performance Equation library, but not in AF. The function itself is simple once one knows it, but is not obvious (kudos to Nicola Gargano):

    IsDst = Floor(Float(''-'1-jan') / 3600) Mod 24 <> Hour('')

    It should be added to the AF function library.

    For more background, see this link:

    https://pisquare.osisoft.com/message/99046-re-need-isdst-function-is-daylight-savings-time-in-af#32418

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  16. 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.

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  17. Compare timestamps and output most recent value in child elements to parent element

    From a varying number of child elements (all sharing the same template), I want to find the most recent timestamp of a same template-based attribute, and output the value with timestamp to an attribute in the parent element.
    In addition, constantly (event-triggered/periodic) comparing the timestamps of these child element attributes and always output the "newest" value to the parent element attribute.

    Example:

    From 3 child elements, all sharing the same template with attribute "ALARM", I want to have the most recent value comparing the 3 "ALARM"s, and have this timestamp and value in an attribute in the parent element.

    Suggestions…

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  18. 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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  19. Order by name (alphanumerically) the Analysis in the Management tab in PI System Explorer

    I would like to be able to order by name (alphanumerically) the Analysis in the Management tab in PI System Explorer after retrieving a list of analyses through a search/filtering. This could be done by clicking on the Name column.

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  20. PI Analysis Service should pick up change in Cache Refresh Interval of AF Tables

    It would be nice if the PI Analysis Service could pick up a change in the Cache Refresh Interval of any AF Table being referenced by input attributes with a table lookup data reference. Currently, a service restart is required.

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