Four Questions to Ask When Hiring an Enterprise Data Consultant

It’s time to hire a consultant for your enterprise data project. That is awesome news, but a quick search for the perfect consultancy reveals a number of options (and hourly rates). What’s a CEO, CIO, CFO, VP, or Director to do? How do you choose a consultant with the right experience for your enterprise data …
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One Way to Break Out of an Azure Data Factory ForEach Activity

First, a couple shoutouts to my brothers and friends, Joel Cochran (@joelcochran) and Shannon Lowder (@shannonlowder). This approach grew out of conversations with them. The ForEach activity iterates over a collection of items. One less-documented property of the ForEach activity is it (currently) iterates the entire collection. I can hear some of you asking… “What …
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Configure Azure Data Factory Security for the ADF REST API

Before using the Azure Data Factory’s REST API in a Web activity’s Settings tab, security must be configured. Azure Data Factory pipelines may use the Web activity to call ADF REST API methods if and only if the Azure Data Factory managed identity is assigned the Contributor role. More information about the problem I am …
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Azure Data Factory Supports Excel Files

Excel format in Azure Data Factory. A welcome addition to ADF! When adding an ADF DataSet: I am convinced they got tired of me saying, “Well, you’ll need SSIS if you want to read Excel…” Probably not, though. Either way… score! :{> Need Help Migrating to Azure? Enterprise Data & Analytics specializes in helping enterprises modernize their data …
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An Introduction to Azure Data Factory REST API

TL;DR: To read the value portion of a key-value pair stored in JSON in an ADF pipeline, interrogate properties.<key>, where key is the key-part of the key-value JSON pair. Introduction Last month I wrote a post titled Stop an Azure-SSIS Files Integration Runtime (Safely). The post generated a bunch of hits, which is awesome. The …
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Free Webinar: Configuring and Managing ADF Azure-SSIS Integration Runtimes

Join me 22 Jun 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT for another free Enterprise Data & Analytics webinar – Configuring and Managing ADF Azure-SSIS Integration Runtimes! Abstract Azure Data Factory (ADF) includes Azure-SSIS Integration Runtimes, a mechanism by which SSIS packages are executed in Azure! Join Data Platform MVP Andy Leonard as he discusses and demonstrates …
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Stop an Azure-SSIS Files Integration Runtime (Safely)

Recently, it happened to me. Again. I delivered another round of SSIS and ADF training, and I forgot to stop an Azure-SSIS integration runtime. I left it running for a few days and it cost me, well… more money than it would have cost me if I had remembered to stop it! Regarding the “Stop …
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Learn Azure Data Factory and SSIS and Save Money!

I am excited to announce two additional live, online training deliveries: SSIS Data Flows – 27-28 May 2020 SSIS Administration – 02-03 Jun 2020. Note: SSIS Data Flows is a prerequisite for SSIS Administration. SSIS Data Flows is the first two days of my four-day live, online From Zero To SSIS course – which I …
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