OSIsoft PI System Services

Over 25 Years of PI Experience Ensure Your Success

  Initial Architecture and Planning

If you just purchased a PI System or you need to expand the one you have, get started on the right foot with a system designed by someone with 25 years of experience. 

Installation and Upgrades

There are many factors that go into a successful deployment or major upgrade of a PI System. I can help with everything from specifying suitable hardware to discussing security options and best practices.

Rearchitecting and Upgrading

The business landscape changes constantly. Business units are bought and sold, operations are consolidated, and workforces change. If you find yourself with a heterogeneous environment in need of a redesign, choose someone with a proved track record and the necessary experience to properly architect and implement the project.

New Initiatives and Capabilities

The OSIsoft PI System has many newer capabilities. Whether you want to start using the asset-based approach, want to start adding analytics to your system, or need to integrate PI data into your other systems, you need someone who understands how it all fits together.

Enable Your No-Code Engineers

It is important to give your talented engineers the data tools that they need to fully leverage their knowledge. PI AF provides point-and-click tools to do just that, but most companies are not taking full advantage of this. Left to their own devices, engineers often default to using the tools that they already know like Excel. Unfortunately, this relegates them to manual data manipulation. Train your engineers to take full advantage of AF and put them on the path to developing automated solutions that continue to work in the background as they look for the next opportunity to improve your processes.

Data Architecture Development

The PI Asset Framework allows you to arrange and extend your data. If you are just getting started, it can be a bit overwhelming. It helps to have an experienced Data Architect on the team who is already familiar with the PI System and other typical applications used in industrial settings.

OSIsoft Condition-Based Maintenance Guidebook

Condition-Based Maintenance using the OSIsoft PI System

By Rob Raesemann | May 7, 2015

Gopal GopalKrishnan gave an excellent presentation about Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) at the OSISoft Users Conference this year. For many years, Gopal has been the go to guy at OSIsoft when it comes to this subject. What we are seeing now is the result of his, and others, efforts over the years working with OSIsoft customers…

End of Support for Windows Server 2003 Coming This Year – Plan now to upgrade your OSIsoft PI System Computers

By Rob Raesemann | December 29, 2014

Microsoft will end support of Windows Server 2003 on July 14th, 2015. Microsoft will no longer provide security fixes and updates for the OS after this date. It is imperative that you develop a plan to upgrade any PI servers or interface computers that you have running this OS. Upgrading your PI Server is usually…

Targeted OSIsoft PI System Training

By Rob Raesemann | October 17, 2014

I think that we have all had the experience before where you sit in a training class, some of the information in the class is relevant to what you do, and some is not. At times, you sit there with your eyes glazed over bored to tears. You feel good finishing the class, but as…

Successful upgrade of PI Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2

By Rob Raesemann | October 6, 2014

[update 10/8/14 – There is an OSIsoft alert (OSIsoft site login required) that PI Server 2012 is only supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 if Microsoft patch 2963918 is installed on the server. This fixes an issue with the VSS backups. I successfully upgraded the secondary server of my PI development collective to Windows Server 2012 R2. The…

Time to make sure that you have plans to upgrade any old PI interface computers from XP

By Rob Raesemann | July 18, 2014

The new PI Interface Configuration Utility (ICU) was just released and posted to the download area on vCampus. It posted with a Windows XP End of Life notice. It would be interesting to know the percentage of PI interface computers out there still running on XP. I’m sure that it would not be an insignificant…

Windows XP End of Life is quickly approaching

By Rob Raesemann | January 16, 2014

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP on April 8th of this year. It is funny that I  was just reminded of this impending deadline by a OSIsoft Technical Support Bulletin that I received in my email while I am working with a client to replace an old Windows 2000 box running a PI interface. There are…

New vCampus Beta Goodies! AF 2014 with Abacus analytics and DataLink 2014 with Event Frames

By Rob Raesemann | November 5, 2013

I just received the email from vCampus with a bunch of new goodies! The most exciting is the beta release of AF 2014 with the Abacus data analytics built in. Think Performance Equations for AF, only much much better. We got to play with an early alpha at vCampus 2012 and everyone has been eagerly…

PI in the Sky on a new Azure VM

By Rob Raesemann | October 11, 2013

At the UC this year, the OSIsoft folks gave a presentation about PI in the Sky or PI in the cloud (UC video here).  Microsoft just  publicly released some of the new capabilities discussed at the UC to Windows Azure and I wanted to give it a try. I decided to see how easy it…

Upgrading OSIsoft vCampus development environment to newly released Microsoft products

By Rob Raesemann | November 6, 2012

I’ve spent the last few evenings running Windows Server 2008 R2 upgrades to Windows Server 2012. So far, things have gone relatively smoothly. I’ve upgraded my SQL Server, AF Server, and SharePoint 2010 Server to the new OS with no issues. I have, of course, taken snapshots of each VM prior to making any changes…

Configuring your vCampus environment. Every PI Geek needs a Sandbox. (Part 1)

By Rob Raesemann | May 18, 2012

You need a sandbox To become good at building reliable solutions you have to be really good a breaking things. You must have a sandbox that allows you to play, experiment, and develop an intuitive sense of how things work. Over the years, I have literally spent thousands of hours in sandbox environments making a…