SSIS Is Not Dead (Or Dying)

A few weeks ago I began hearing a rumor that SSIS had a couple years of life remaining. “In two years or so,” according to the rumor, “SSIS will die and be replaced with Azure Data Factory.” Is Microsoft capable of such a move; deprecating a technology? Yep. Remember SQL Server Notification Services? I can …
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Regarding SSIS Frameworks, Part 1 – Execution

Why Use a Framework? The first answer is, “Maybe you don’t need or want to use a framework.” If your enterprise data integration consists of a small number of SSIS packages, a framework could be an extra layer of hassle metadata management for you that, frankly, you can live without. We will unpack this in …
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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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Delivering Intelligent Data Integration through SSIS in Dallas 31 May 2019!

I am honored to announce I will be delivering Intelligent Data Integration through SSIS – a day-long SQL Saturday 841 – Dallas pre-conference session 31 May 2019! Description: What is Intelligent Data Integration? SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) packages developed using tried and true design patterns, built to participate in a DevOps enterprise practicing DILM (Data …
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Lift and Shift is Not a Strategy…

Lift and shift is a bridge. If your enterprise is considering migrating enterprise data and data integration workloads from on-premises to the cloud, lifting and shifting is not the end of the story. Lifting and shifting is, rather, the mechanism – the conversion project – that positions your enterprise to leverage the economies of scale …
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Enterprise Data & Analytics Welcomes Shannon Lowder!

I am honored and thrilled to welcome Shannon Lowder (@shannonlowder | blog | LinkedIn) to the Enterprise Data & Analytics team! Shannon is a data engineer, data scientist, BimlHero (though not listed on the page at the time of this writing), and shepherd of the Biml Interrogator open source project. If you use Biml to generate SSIS …
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Join me For Expert SSIS Training!

I’m honored to announce Expert SSIS – a course from Enterprise Data & Analytics! The next delivery is 01-02 Apr 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET. Data integration is the foundation of data science, business intelligence, and enterprise data warehousing. This instructor-led training class is specifically designed for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) professionals …
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The 2:00 AM Test

I’m working with a collection of clients these days providing data integration, cloud, and DevOps advice. I love architecture work! My clients love the results. Everyone wins. Kent Bradshaw and I are tag-teaming with a couple clients who are converting data integration from other platforms to SSIS. In a recent meeting Kent mentioned “the 2:00 …
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Two (or More) Kinds of Developers

I’ve made statements about “two kinds of developers” for years. These statements are false inasmuch as all generalizations are false. The statements are not designed to be truisms. They are designed to make people think. Last week – while presenting a full-day pre-conference session at the PASS Summit 2018 and again when delivering a session …
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Want a Free #DILM Book? See Me at the #PASSsummit 2018!

I’ll be at the PASS Summit 2018 next week. I’m delivering a full-day precon Monday, presenting Faster SSIS and participating in the BI & Data Visualization Panel Wednesday, and Enterprise Data & Analytics is exhibiting Wednesday through Friday. “You Mentioned a Free Book…” Oh. Yeah. That. I will be giving away free copies of my latest book: Data Integration …
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