Azure DevOps, Git, and SSIS

After a couple false starts, I was able to live-stream one way to use Azure DevOps with Git to source-control the contents of an SSIS Catalog folder – including SSIS Catalog Folder, Projects, Packages, Environments, Environment Variables, Configured Literals, References, and Reference Mappings. In the video, I create an Azure DevOps project configured to use …
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SSIS and the Future – December 2020 Edition

My friend, Sandy Winarko, recently published a fantastic summary of the efforts of the Microsoft SSIS Team to mitigate friction for enterprises seeking to lift and shift SSIS workloads to Azure. In my humble opinion, their work is outstanding. Looking In From the Outside As we say in Farmville Virginia, “Data integration and I go …
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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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SSIS Catalog Compare Enterprise Generates SCCPAC Files

SSIS Catalog Compare Enterprise Edition ships with the SCCPAC Deployment Wizard. The SCCPAC Deployment Wizard simplifies deploying the contents of an SSIS Catalog folder to an SSIS Catalog, whether on-premises or in the cloud: Configure SCCPAC File Location To configure the location for SCCPAC files, click View–>Options to open SSIS Catalog Compare’s Options dialog: Click …
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Overcome Challenges of Lifting and Shifting SSIS to Azure

Enjoy this recording of a free webinar titled Overcome Challenges of Lifting and Shifting SSIS to Azure! In this webinar, I demonstrated challenges of scripting SSIS Catalog Environments, Environment Variables, References, Reference Mappings, and Literals for deployment to another SSIS Catalog. These challenges are particularly troublesome when practicing Lifecycle Management or DevOps with SQL Server …
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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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