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    2 comments  ·  PI DataLink » Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matt Voll commented  · 

    I was not referring tables in reference to Excel Tables as the specific object, I was more referring to a general 2-dimensional table of data, a matrix of data.

    A table of data would be multiple tags where the values from these multiple tags are associated/related to each other based on a common timestamp. This information can be retrieved into a 'table' like format using multiple datalink functions, typically a combination of Compressed Data and Timed Data (using exact time due to not wanting to accidentally interpolate for data missing). The issue is the inability to utilize a single Datalink function.

    Using a single Timed Data function across multiple tags is only possible with knowledge of the expected timestamps, which is not always possible . . . usually not possible. Using a single Compressed Data function will give incorrect results because of any missing values on one or more tags . . . the rows will become mismatched from each other.

    Thus retrieving this data into Excel ends up being much more complicated and fraught with pitfalls and traps for any users that have not given very careful consideration of the data structure and the exact behavior of datalink functions . . . and i say that based on experience of having many users having issues in this specific area.

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    1 comment  ·  PI DataLink » Functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The previous status was incorrect—this issue is not planned and was not implemented in PI DataLink 2017. If you remain interested in this idea, please help us by clarifying the idea and your use case. E.g. why do you specifically want an option to recalculate without resizing in the right-click menu in addition to “Select DataLink Function”, “Recalculate (Resize) Function”, and “[Function Name]”? How would this be more beneficial than, say, using the Update button in the ribbon?

    Matt Voll commented  · 

    I believe you are correct that the "Update" button accomplishes the task, recalculate without resize. I think the confusion comes from the lack of consistency in the naming of the functions and fully realizing what each function accomplishes.

    Task Pane - "OK" button -
    Right Click Menu - "Recalculate (Resize) Function" -
    Datalink Ribbon - "Update" button
    Formula Ribbon - "Calculate"
    Keyboard - pressing F9 (or shift+F9 or crtl+alt+shift+F9)
    Excel Sheet - select a single function/formula and pressing "enter" (or crtl+shift+enter for arrays)

    6 different ways a user could attempt an 'update'. None of which use common terminology and they all tend to behave slightly different; updating all functions vs one, resize vs not resize, dependency tree rebuild, etc. Thus maybe this idea would be more useful as an attempt to bring clarity to this problem in a way that is intuitive for the average and new user

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    6 comments  ·  PI Server » Analytics & Calculations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matt Voll commented  · 

    agreed . . . one of PIAF's biggest short comings in comparison to Excel Datalink is not having an easy, intuitive way to do any of the calculation functions with a filter. I understand it can be done with multiple analyses, but that approach gets messy with all the extra outputs and analyses that are simply intermediate values.

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    1 comment  ·  PI DataLink » Settings  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    I have to change absolute to relative MUCH MORE often than I would theoretically need to switch relative to absolute

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    2 comments  ·  PI Server » Notifications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Matt Voll commented  · 

    I find it an interesting idea . . . while push notifications vs emails on capturing attention is a subjective discussion, the fact of the matter is that push notifications have become a pervasive technology utilized everywhere. An additional notification end-point option would be nice.

    We still have widespread use of pagers in our facilities due to emails not being a good notification for individuals rarely at their desk. These same individuals tend to not be computer/outlook savvy, further decreasing the effectiveness of email notifications. A push notification seems ike a more direct replacement to the function accomplished by the pagers.

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    6 comments  ·  PI Server » Asset Framework (AF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    This is very similar to the need for being able to support multiple language. We have standard template deployment but the synonyms are the attribute names in Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, etc.

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    2 comments  ·  PI Server » Analytics & Calculations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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