In 2020, Two Full Training Days, Two Continents

It dawned on me that I am honored to deliver two full-day conference training presentations in early 2020 on two continents! At the Difinity 2020 conference in Auckland New Zealand, Sandy Winarko and I are co-presenting Intelligent Data Integration with SSIS and Azure Data Factory 20 Feb 2020. Sandy is Principal Program Manager – Azure …
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My PASS Summit 2019 Presentations

SSIS DevOps and Azure Containers I was honored to co-present SSIS DevOps and Azure Containers with Sreeja Pullagura and Elizabeth Baron. Liz and Sreeja work for Teach for America, a really cool non-profit headquartered in NYC. This was their very first time presenting at the PASS Summit. We were even featured on PASStv! . You …
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Wrapping up the Summer o’ ADF 2019

As the 2019 Summer o’ ADF 2019 draws to a close, we look forward to shorter and cooler Autumn days (in the northern hemisphere, at least!), conference season, and the fast-approaching holidays. As always, I had an absolute blast sharing tips and tricks for using Azure Data Factory in the enterprise. I must admit that …
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Free Webinar: Using the Azure Data Factory Lookup and ForEach Activities

Join me Wednesday 05 Jun 2019 for the next free webinar from Enterprise Data & Analytics titled Using the Azure Data Factory Lookup and ForEach Activities! Abstract In this demo-tastic presentation, Microsoft Data Platform MVP and author Andy Leonard walks through loading a dataset using the Lookup Activity, followed by iterating dataset values using a …
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The Recording for “A Data Science Story” by Shannon Lowder is Available

Shannon Lowder (@shannonlowder | shannonlowder.com) did a fantastic job presenting the true story of a data science project. He presented the problem he was trying to solve, the places he looked for data, issues and obstacles he encountered, and solutions he developed. Enjoy! Links Storm Events files NOAA Hail Data files Microsoft Azure Machine Learning: …
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Mean Time to Identify Failure

While managing a team of 40 ETL developers, I wanted to track lots of metrics. Some of the things I wanted to track were technical, like SSIS package execution times. Some metrics were people-centric.  Andy’s First Rule of Statistics states: You can use statistics for anything about people, except people. Andy – circa 2005 It was …
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Biml, Book Reviews, and Metadata-Driven Frameworks

I occasionally (rarely) read reviews at Amazon of books I’ve written. If I learn of a complaint regarding the book I often try to help. If a reader experiences difficulty with demos, I often offer to help, and sometimes I meet with readers to work through some difficulty related to the book (as I offered …
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Presenting Moving Data with Azure Data Factory at SQL Saturday Charlotte!

I am honored to present Moving Data with Azure Data Factory at SQL Saturday 806 in Charlotte, NC 20 Oct 2018. This is the first time I am delivering this session. It still has that new presentation smell! Abstract Azure Data Factory – ADF – is a cloud data engineering solution. ADF version 2 sports …
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On Data Engineering in 2018

A few years ago I had a conversation with Scott Currie, the CEO of Varigence and inventor of Biml. Scott is one of the smartest people I know and I know a lot of very smart people. Whenever I have the opportunity to communicate with the very smart people I know, I often ask them – …
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