I spend a lot of time talking to customers. Many have told me they really want a way for the PI System to tell them when there are important events that they should be aware of and to provide relevant information for them to act on these events. Of course they would also need this to be scalable and performant. This is one of the reasons why we took on the task of redesigning and rebuilding PI Notifications. This is a project that we have been working for the last 12+ months. As you may recall, PI AF 2012 officially supported event frames and PI AF 2014 provided the ability for users to create event frames via asset analytics. These two major features provide a solid foundation for an event driven notification system - a natural "container" for events and a high performance calculation/triggering mechanism. Imagine you can configure some logic in asset analytics to detect the onset of an event that is important to you. Upon creation of an event frame based on this trigger, you receive an email with contents that may include parts of the event frame template. At a high level, this is what we have envisioned for the next PI Notifications, which is currently scheduled for release in the first half of 2016.
With that introduction, I'm happy to announce that we will be providing a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of PI Notifications 2016 in about 8 weeks for evaluation. This CTP will not be feature complete, but will give you an end-to-end experience of PI Notifications 2016. We're asking for your help in providing early feedback of what you like and what you don't like. If you are interested in participating in this CTP, please fill out the following survey:
Once you have filled out the survey, I will get back with you within two to four weeks to let you know if you have been selected to participate in the CTP program. As always, all pre-releases should only be evaluated in a test environment and not in a production environment.
If you have any questions, feel free to start a Discussion on PI Square or email me directly. Thanks and hope to hear back from you soon.