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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DILM Tiers for the SSIS Enterprise

“How many Data Integration Lifecycle Management tiers (DILM tiers) do I need to deploy SSIS, Andy?” If I had a nickel for every time I am asked this question, I would have a lot of nickels. My answer is, “Four.” Why Four? I’m glad you asked. Before I answer, I have a question for you: …
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Viewing SSIS Configurations Metadata in SSIS Catalog Browser

SSIS Catalog Browser is a pretty neat product. “How neat is it, Andy?” I’m glad you asked. It’s free. That makes it difficult to beat the cost. SSIS Catalog Browser is designed to surface all SSIS Catalog artifacts and properties in a single view. “What exactly does that mean, Andy?” You’re sharp. Let’s talk about why …
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Anatomy of a Catalog Reference Script in SSIS Catalog Compare

A Catalog Reference script is automatically generated from several methods in SSIS Catalog Compare’s Catalog object named CatalogBase. Header Documentation The script begins with a header documentation similar to that shown here: When executed, the Project Reference script header documentation portion displays in the Messages output window of SQL Server management Studio (SSMS): The statements …
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Anatomy of an Environment Script in SSIS Catalog Compare

An SSIS Catalog Environment script is automatically generated from several methods in SSIS Catalog Compare’s Catalog object named CatalogBase. Declarations and Header Documentation The script begins with a declaration of Transact-SQL parameters that support SSIS Catalog Environment Variables contained within an SSIS Catalog Environment. These parameters are placed at the top of the script for …
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Anatomy of an SSIS Catalog Connection Literals Script in SSIS Catalog Compare

An SSIS Catalog Connection Literals script is automatically generated using several methods in SSIS Catalog Compare’s Catalog object named CatalogBase. Declarations and Header Documentation The script begins with a declaration of Transact-SQL parameters that will be used to provide literal overrides. These parameters are placed at the top of the script for easy access by …
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PASS Summit 2018 Starts in 10 Weeks!

Can you believe the PASS Summit 2018 begins only 10 weeks from today (27 Aug 2018)? I confess, this is sneaking up on me fast! I will be there. Will you? Where Can You Find Andy at the PASS Summit 2018? Precon! Monday 5 Nov 2018, I’m delivering a full-day pre-conference session titled Intelligent Data …
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Lift and Shift an SSIS Catalog…

… to a different instance on-premises. … to Azure Data Factory SSIS Integration Runtime. This screenshot is from the SSIS Catalog Compare documentation. You can script an entire SSIS Catalog using SSIS Catalog Compare! This awesome functionality can save you hours (days, weeks, even!) when starting a new project or updating an existing project. This …
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