The Esri Integrator team has been hard at work since our first release this past fall – and PI Integrator for Esri ArcGIS 2014 SP1 is here!
This release brings some welcome enhancements to the product:
- Compatibility with
- The newly-released Esri ArcGIS 10.3 platform
- Windows-based security in ArcGIS
- Oracle-backed ArcGIS Server instances
- Future versions of the PI AF SDK
- AF Child Attributes
- Direct support for Portal for ArcGIS data stores in the GeoEvent Extension when publishing layers. Previously, the Server data store was necessary; now we can go directly to Portal.
- A slew of bug fixes, among which the interesting bits are fixes for
- A few possible odd behaviors in the Configuration Wizard which would prevent publishing. These are cleaned up.
- Inability to access the CSV definition for manually creating the target Feature Service, and subsequent inability to select a manually-created Feature Service in the Wizard. Manual publishing works as expected now.
- UI glitches when defining a new layer, especially if that new layer is large. This service pack doesn’t bring many design changes to the UI, but it certainly polishes what is already there.
The release notes go into further detail.
Two other general items of note:
- Two of the Esri products we interact with have been renamed with ArcGIS 10.3. The GeoEvent Processor is now the GeoEvent Extension, and the Portal Extension for Server is now Portal for Server. Our docs reflect this, though if you’re still using ArcGIS 10.2.2, the renaming hasn’t struck you yet.
- ArcGIS 10.3 introduces a new database option underlying the ArcGIS Server: the “ArcGIS datastore,” which is a free PostgreSQL incarnation that ostensibly is a great alternative to paid SQL Server and Oracle underpinnings. But it is not compatible with the Esri Integrator product. OSIsoft and Esri are working together to establish the cause and resolution. In the meantime, we didn’t want to hold the release of this service pack!
We, the members of the development team, are encouraged by the feedback you’ve given us thus far, and excited that this service pack will help the momentum continue.
Ok, enough about the Integrator product. Now a word on something arguably more interesting – the PI data itself, once it’s available in ArcGIS! (This being, of course, the whole point of the Esri Integrator...)
The PI ecosystem currently lacks direct Esri map plugins (but we’re working on that!) and the ArcGIS side is ripe for more tools and widgets that expose PI data. There’s a lot to be done in that area. Esri has wonderful partner support, their ArcGIS platform is highly extensible, and customers regularly adopt partner add-ins and solutions. We encourage all of you PI acolytes to explore that world of ArcGIS extensibility. Time to see what all that PI data can really do when delivered into such a rich and extensible GIS platform!
All the best,
and the rest of the Esri Integrator development team