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  • I’m new to all of this - What class do I take? 

    It’s the perennial question.  And the real answer is, it depends.  What do you need to learn?   

    If you’re asking this question you are probably new to the PI System, or maybe you are familiar with it but have never considered a training course before now.  In general, we consider people to be either data users or system administrators.  Of course many people span parts or all of those responsibilities.  But let’s start with a few questions.  Ask yourself the following:

    • Do I need to be effective at using the data?  That is, building displays, dashboards, or reports.
    • Do I need to maintain the PI System from an IT Perspective?
    • Do I need to build my asset structures and analytics?
    • Do I need to implement a PI System?
    • Am I a developer who needs to learn how to use the programmatic access tools?

    How you answer those questions really determines what class you should steer yourself toward.  Questions that you answered “Yes” to will yield a good pointer.  You may have answered more than one “Yes.”  Let’s look at the answers.

    Do I need to be effective at using the data?  That is, building displays, dashboards, or reports. 

    If you need to know how to use the client tools we offer then there is one clear choice:  the Visualizing PI System Data class.  In this class we spend time building displays, reports and online dashboards.

    Do I need to maintain the PI System from an IT Perspective? 

    People that need to monitor the PI System to keep it in good running order should elect the PI System Administration for IT Professionals class.  In this class you will be taught the data flow from device to user and how to troubleshoot the various data structures.  You will also learn to use some of our monitoring tools and how to build a tag. 

    Do I need to build my asset structures and analytics? 

    Do you need to use your PI System to really get the data you need to make critical decisions?  Of course you do.  You should look into the Building PI System Assets and Analytics with PI AF class.  This is maybe the most valuable class we can offer.

    Do I need to implement a PI System? 

    Maybe you haven’t installed your PI System yet. Or maybe you have a small system and need to deploy your PI Systems across your Enterprise.    In the PI System Architecture, Planning, & Implementation class we examine all that is involved in a PI System implementation – from planning to installation. 

    Am I a developer who needs to learn how to use the programmatic access tools? 

    You should look at PI Developers Club.  The PI Developers Club is intended to encourage communication around PI programming and integration between OSIsoft partners, customers and employees.  They have a great deal of learning resources.  Check it out.

     

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