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Make an SSIS package Delay or Wait for Data

Packages can be scheduled to run at a time when you expect data to be in a database. Instead of guessing the time when the data will be in the database we can have the package look for data in a SQL table. When the table has data then the…

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2 comments, 9,059 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 21 July 2014

SSIS XML Task

The XML Task in SSIS allows you to parse through an XML file and read the nodes in the XML. In a previous blog I showed how to use a web service task to get the city and state when entering a zip code.

The results we got back from…

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0 comments, 42 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 7 April 2014

SSIS XML Task

The XML Task in SSIS allows you to parse through an XML file and read the nodes in the XML. In a previous blog I showed how to use a web service task to get the city and state when entering a zip code.

The results we got back from…

Read more

0 comments, 2,561 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 7 April 2014

SSIS Web Service Task

The Web Service task in SSIS can be used to call a web service command to perform a needed operation in your package. The results of most web services will be in XML Format. You can save these results into a variable or into a file. Either way, you can…

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2 comments, 2,872 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 31 March 2014

SSIS Web Service Task

The Web Service task in SSIS can be used to call a web service command to perform a needed operation in your package. The results of most web services will be in XML Format. You can save these results into a variable or into a file. Either way, you can…

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2 comments, 119 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 31 March 2014

Using Variables and Parameters SSIS

When creating an SSIS package it is always a best practice to use variables, and parameters in 2012,  to avoid hard coding values into any part of your package. But there are some best practices involved with creating those variables/parameters also. The rest of this article will refer to variables.…

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1 comments, 28 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 24 March 2014

Using Variables and Parameters SSIS

When creating an SSIS package it is always a best practice to use variables, and parameters in 2012,  to avoid hard coding values into any part of your package. But there are some best practices involved with creating those variables/parameters also. The rest of this article will refer to variables.…

Read more

1 comments, 955 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 24 March 2014

Using Configuration Files in SSIS

Now in SQL 2012 we have parameters that make it easy, but configuration files are still an option and I still see a lot of my clients using them even on 2012 due to several reasons, but mostly because of the work to convert over.

SSIS packages are great ETL…

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8 comments, 2,911 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 17 March 2014

Using Configuration Files in SSIS

Now in SQL 2012 we have parameters that make it easy, but configuration files are still an option and I still see a lot of my clients using them even on 2012 due to several reasons, but mostly because of the work to convert over.

SSIS packages are great ETL…

Read more

8 comments, 30 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 17 March 2014

Two Digit Dates in SQL – MM/DD/YYYY

When creating dates or numbers as strings it is sometimes required to have two digit numbers.

For example, instead of this: 3/1/2011

You want to see this: 03/01/2011

There is an easy way to do this using the Right() function and adding a string zero to the front of a…

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0 comments, 26 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 10 March 2014

Two Digit Dates in SQL – MM/DD/YYYY

When creating dates or numbers as strings it is sometimes required to have two digit numbers.

For example, instead of this: 3/1/2011

You want to see this: 03/01/2011

There is an easy way to do this using the Right() function and adding a string zero to the front of a…

Read more

0 comments, 874 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 10 March 2014

SSRS Top N and Bottom N reporting with Duplicates

Previously I wrote a blog on Top N and Bottom N reporting. There were a couple of gotcha I did not cover in that blog so I thought I would cover those here to answer some of the questions I have received. The other blog can be found here.

On…

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2 comments, 2,265 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 3 March 2014

SSRS Top N and Bottom N reporting with Duplicates

Previously I wrote a blog on Top N and Bottom N reporting. There were a couple of gotcha I did not cover in that blog so I thought I would cover those here to answer some of the questions I have received. The other blog can be found here.

On…

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2 comments, 29 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 3 March 2014

Standard Deviations with CTE in SQL

I was working with a client recently getting the number of standard deviations a student was off the average number of suspensions. I accomplished this with two Common Table Expressions, (CTE).

The first CTE gets the standard deviation and the average for the entire database. The Database holds all of…

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0 comments, 35 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 24 February 2014

Standard Deviations with CTE in SQL

I was working with a client recently getting the number of standard deviations a student was off the average number of suspensions. I accomplished this with two Common Table Expressions, (CTE).

The first CTE gets the standard deviation and the average for the entire database. The Database holds all of…

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0 comments, 2,430 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 24 February 2014

SSRS – Creating Drill Through reports with MDX

If you are reporting from a Cube in SSRS and you want to drill through to another report you can set up actions just like any other drill through except one small change. The parameter you pass to the drill through report must be changed to Unique Name instead of…

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1 comments, 902 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 10 February 2014

SSRS – Creating Drill Through reports with MDX

If you are reporting from a Cube in SSRS and you want to drill through to another report you can set up actions just like any other drill through except one small change. The parameter you pass to the drill through report must be changed to Unique Name instead of…

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1 comments, 26 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 10 February 2014

SSIS – Using Kill with SP_Who to Break locks

The dreaded table lock can occur and cause your SSIS packages to fail. A popular request I receive asks “How can I get rid of these table locks?” This blog will show you how to build a package that will kill any SPID’s that are running on your system that…

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2 comments, 32 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 3 February 2014

SSIS – Using Kill with SP_Who to Break locks

The dreaded table lock can occur and cause your SSIS packages to fail. A popular request I receive asks “How can I get rid of these table locks?” This blog will show you how to build a package that will kill any SPID’s that are running on your system that…

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2 comments, 1,173 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 3 February 2014

SSAS Trending KPI

KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) in Analysis Services are a great way to show visually if a measure is trending in right direction based on previous levels. If you want to show a measure has increased or decreased since last month, this can be accomplished by using the MDX function PrevMember.…

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0 comments, 511 reads

Posted in Mike Davis SQL on 27 January 2014

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