Users Describe How They Get Value from Enterprise Agreement and PI Systems
On a recent Friday in Boston—at the height of summer vacation season—90 people showed up to kick off the first OSIsoft Northeast Regional Seminar. The turnout showed the degree of intense interest that PI users have in extracting maximum value from the PI System—and in the potential return from an OSIsoft Enterprise Agreement.
The day was crammed with new technical information. John Baier, OSIsoft director of product management, described the PI roadmap and engineering plan, Laurie Dieffenbach, product manager, showed how to leverage HA and virtualization, and her colleague Gopal Gopalkrishnan introduced a user talk on condition-based maintenance with PI.
But what really got the attention of the crowd was user talking to user about the value of the OSIsoft Enterprise Agreement. John Hume’s description of an EA at Verso Paper summed it all up when he said, “I went on vacation for two weeks and didn’t get a call!” Verso—formerly a division of International Paper—had to upgrade an old system that had grown uncontrolled: 67 interfaces, many of them two or three generations back, random versions of system software, a point data base in disarray, no time for any training or troubleshooting, and reboots 3-5 times weekly. Their EA gave them sharp, well maintained systems managed by OSIsoft.
Angela Rothweiler of PSE&G outlined their approach to asset management and condition based maintenance: she not only blew away the crowd with a solid view of how to make real time information and events work, but brought along an example fresh from their system of multimillion dollar savings.
Rob Horton, controls engineer from Lonzo (Pharma), described RtReports and how it has really paid off as their facility integrated disparate platforms for consistent analysis and batch reporting.
James Cosgrove, business analyst from North East Utilities, explained implementation of CIP at NE Utilities for compliance reporting—and in essence he stated that FERC compliance requires a PI System.
Seminars around the US, EMEA and APAC will feature user talks and the latest on PI technology. Locations and dates* are:
New Orleans, Louisiana - August 11, 2009 (register)
St. Louis, Missouri - September 2, 2009 (register)
Wellington, New Zealand - September 10-11
New York, New York - September 15, 2009
Frankfurt, Germany - September 29, 2009
Raleigh, North Carolina
Moscow, Russia - October 1, 2009
Prague, Czech Republic - October 1, 2009
Manchester, UK - October 5, 2009
Paris, France - October 12, 2009
Madrid, Spain - October 14, 2009
Stockholm, Sweden - October 19, 2009
Johannesburg, South Africa - October 19, 2009
Antwerp, Belgium - October 26, 2009
Rome, Italy - October 28, 2009
*some dates to be determined