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Created by Guest
Created on Aug 16, 2022

PI DataLink for Microsoft Office 365 online

Support PI DataLink on Microsoft Office 365's web portal, Office Online (accessible via a browser). Note that PI DataLink already supports desktop installations of Office 365.
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    Victor Zhang
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    Dec 14, 2022

    Hi David De Sa, thank you for the feedback! The machine status breakdown feature is available in AVEVA Data Hub. Please see the screenshot below. It is native and doesn't require any data crunching in spreadsheet. Plus, Data Hub also offers a Power BI connector that makes it easy to create dashboards and reports in Power BI. Of course, there are may factors to be taken into account when considering an adoption of Data Hub. I'm bringing it up mostly to raise awareness among our users.


  • Guest
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    Dec 14, 2022

    This solution would really revolutionize our use of the product. For much of the data we look at , we want to be able to do simple custom pre processing and transformation before displaying it. For example, DataLink can get me machine status. I can then make another column to count time in machine state, and another column to identify the time at which status changed. The result 'time in given state' is not something piVision can provide. Another example: We have multiple flow meters. I want to create a stacked area chart showing total flow into/across system. I want to use powerBI drill-down functionality . If I had Datalink in excel for sharepoint/office online, then I would be able to create the worksheet, and have powerbi automatically update with it (0-click solution) in current state, I need to run DataLink locally, and upload to sharepoint whenever I want it updated. Tragic. Furthermore this change would allow any user across the organization to use datalink without having to install excel add-on. PLEASE make this.

  • Ravneet Randhawa
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    Sep 30, 2022

    please add this as a feature. we use thin clients at my company and are unable to use any files linked through sharepoint on them.

    Also using PI Datalink is impossible through PI Vision

  • Davin Ross
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    Sep 26, 2022

    Most of the systems currently utilize a thin-client setup and users do not have Excel installed by default and are encouraged to use Office online. PI Datalink requires an excel installation solely for use with this add-in. We would love to see an online add-in to support the benefits of less user onboarding time, fewer thick-client and registry issues troubleshooting, and more flexibility.

  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    Are the PI Tools (e.g. DataLink) going to be supported on Office 365?
  • Kenneth Barber
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    Aug 16, 2022
    But PI DataLink works fine on Excel for Office 365... I don't get it...
  • Jeremy Roberts
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    Aug 16, 2022
    Hi Kenneth, I understand this request to refer specifically to Office Online. On Office(365) for Windows, PI DataLink works fine, as you mentioned. But making DL work in Office Online would require a new major version, as DL would need to be rewritten as an Office Add-in rather than a VSTO add-in. This would also make DL available for other platforms, such as iOS or Mac. See this link for more details on Office Add-ins: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/dev/add-ins/overview/office-add-ins
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    This really needs to happen, I am facing an open revolt (against PI) if PI Datalink goes away. We tried to move to Click 2 Run Office 365 but PI Datalink did not really work so we reverted back to an MSI installation of MS Office for those who need and use PI Datalink. Which is like 40% of all users.
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    We are Office 365, and datalink works fine.
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    PI DataLink System Requirements. Both the volume authorized Office (MSI introduce) and Office 365 (Click-to-Run install) desktop installations are supported. In any case, Office 365's Office Online, available by means of a program, isn't supported by PI DataLink. To get know about MS office 365 support visit the following website https://www.msofficetechnicalsupportnumbers.com/microsoft-office-365-technical-support-phone-number/
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    PI DataLink System Requirements. Both the volume authorized Office (MSI install) and Office 365 (Click-to-Run install) desktop installations are supported. Be that as it may, Office 365's Office Online, open by means of a program, isn't bolstered by PI DataLink. To get know about Microsoft office 365 support visit the following website https://www.msofficetechnicalsupportnumbers.com/microsoft-office-365-technical-support-phone-number/
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    Is it possible to make PI Datalink tab available on MS Excel Online ? This will help to get rid of installation of PI DL in all users laptop.
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    Converting DL to an Office Add-in rather than a VSTO add-in would be a great addition.
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    We are using PI System on Azure cloud and eagerly want to use PI DataLink on O365 online Excel. It allows us to get rid of RDS to use PI DataLink. Already PI ProcessBook has gone and PI Vision is in our hands. Why not for PI DataLink?
  • Sylvain Francois DUBOIS
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    Aug 16, 2022
    We are using Google Suite. We thus prefer GSuite. However, an online Microsoft Office could be a B plan for part for our users. Like many of your customers, Microsoft Excel thick clients is going to die since we are moving to more modern technologies using light clients (tablette, light notebook, ...).
  • Alister Geary
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    Aug 16, 2022
    For us - this is a vital progression for Datalink, it is much effort to maintain the datalink client on users desktops and laptops, and with network restrictions increasing it is much easier to manage a web based application.
  • Guest
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    Aug 16, 2022
    We would definitely use MS O365 if available, but we are rewriting our existing enterprise reports in web format because Datalink requires a client install.
  • Jeff_Kite
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    Aug 16, 2022
    Our organization is moving to M365 with the intent that approximately 30% of the users will only have access to the web version of Excel. With no working DataLink add-in for the web version of Excel, we are looking at thousands of users that will no longer have access to PI data.
  • Matt Voll
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    Aug 16, 2022
    i understand the difficulty of building a datalink add-in from scratch for Office Online, but considering the direction of online/cloud style computing and organization's push toward Office online and this being a 4yr old 'idea' and the 3rd highest vote in the PI Datalink section . . . the lack of any update or movement is incredibly worrying.
  • ipDave
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    Aug 16, 2022
    Online offerings of MS Office are growing in popularity as organizations look for ways to manage costs, including our org. Providing PI Datalink for the online version of Excel would be a step in the right direction.
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