Speaking at the Microsoft Office DevCon event in San Jose, CA last month, OSIsoft’s Prabal Acharyya presented a paper on ‘unlocking dynamic data in PI System with Microsoft Office 2007.’ The process industry needs data ‘visibility’ across ‘multiple systems and sites.’ Without the business intelligence (BI) ‘big picture,’ companies may miss opportunities to reduce costs and improve operations.
PI System, now integrated with Microsoft Office 2007, is the answer. An IT stack builds on data servers such as MS Dynamics, SAP, Siebel and PI. These feed Office clients leveraging the ‘open’ XML Office formats and the shiny new ‘Fluent*’ interface. Orchestration and data management is provided with SharePoint Server, Designer and VisualStudio 2008.
OSIsoft’s WebParts are used, along with Microsoft’s BI tool ‘PerformancePoint,’ to provide key performance indicators of a plant’s operations. A demo of a test bed deployment with Calgen showed data blending from SAP and PI—using PI real time WebParts. A ‘PI to Excel’ WebPart displays tree views of equipment schematics, tables and gauges.
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