I met up for lunch with a good friend and former coworker today, and among the topics of discussion was how we as professionals often neglect personal relationships when work and life get busy. I’ve found that to be especially true since I started working from home last year. I… Read more
This is the first in a series of technical posts on using parent-child architectures in SQL Server Integration Services. The index page for all posts can be found here.
In this post, I will provide an overview of the architecture and describe the benefits of implementing a parent-child design… Read more
I’m happy to announce that I’ll be teaming up with my Linchpin People colleague Bill Pearson for a day of BI and SSIS training next month. On Wednesday, February 12th, we’ll each be delivering a full-day presentation in Baton Rouge, after which we’ll be joining the Baton Rouge SQL Server… Read more
This month I’m kicking off a new series of blog posts discussing the topic of parent-child architectures in SQL Server Integration Services.
I still remember the first SSIS package I ever deployed to a production environment. It was the mid-2000s, and I was working on a large data migration project… Read more
For me, 2013 was one of the most interesting and busy years of my life. It was a good year for me, especially on the career front, and it’s certainly been the busiest year in several years. Among the highlights of 2013:
The most significant event for me… Read more
Earlier this morning I received a notification from the Microsoft MVP program that I’ve been recognized as a SQL Server MVP for 2014. Even though this is my fifth consecutive award, it’s still a rush to get that email each year.
It’s awesome to be a part of such a… Read more
Today is the second day of the 2013 SQL PASS Summit, and I’m again live blogging the event.
8:15: Here we go. Looks like a thinner crowd today. Everyone sleeping in from #sqlkaraoke last night?
8:19: The morning is kicked off with a video montage about networking. It’s good to… Read more
Today is the first full day of the PASS Summit 2013 conference. This year I’m again joining the blogger table and will be live blogging throughout the opening ceremonies and the keynote. This year I’m sitting between Colin Stasiuk and Andy Warren.
I’ll be updating this post periodically through the… Read more
It’s that time of the year again – time to make your voice heard as a PASS member. The PASS board elections are upon us, and if you’ were a PASS member as of June of this year, you should receive your ballot via email tomorrow. Remember that this year’s… Read more
This past weekend I made the relatively short (about 3 hours) trip to the Oklahoma City area to attend and speak at the third annual SQL Saturday event there. I’ve been invited to speak at each of their three events, and I’ve been impressed with each one of them so… Read more
As I was browsing my calendar of upcoming events for the remainder of the summer and the fall, I realized two things:
- This will likely be the busiest, most travel-heavy three months I’ve ever had, and
- I’m going to have to buy my wife something really nice by the time…
Of the many emerging technologies I’m currently using, there’s nothing that excites me more than Biml. If you’re not familiar with it, Biml (short for Business Intelligence Markup Language) is a language that allows business intelligence developers to programmatically create and document SSIS packages. I’ve found this to be incredibly… Read more
When it comes to ETL, I’m a pessimist. Until proven otherwise, I assume that all data is bad, all connections are volatile, and all transformation logic is suspect. As such, I spent a lot of time addressing how to prepare for and handle errors in the ETL pipeline with SSIS.… Read more
Through the course of my career, I’ve spent time on both sides of the job interview table, which has given me an empathy for both job interviewees as well as their interviewers. The former wants to put his best foot forward to demonstrate (or at least talk about) his most… Read more
I love music. In fact, I like to think that I’m a student of music – although anyone who has heard me sing karaoke would agree that I’m far from having mastered it. I’ve got a taste in music that is as diverse as anyone I know. I enjoy tunes… Read more
- Iowa City, Iowa – Friday, July 26th (before SQL Saturday 239 – East Iowa)
- Orlando, Florida – Friday, September 13th (before SQL Saturday 232 – Orlando)
In the first post in this series, I covered the basics of object typed variables in SQL Server Integration Services, along with a brief examination of some potential use cases. In this installment, I’m going to illustrate the most common use of object typed variables in SSIS: using an… Read more
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I’m happy to announce that I have been selected to present
at the SQL PASS Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina this October. I’ll be delivering a session entitled “Data Cleansing in SQL Server Integration Services”, in which I’ll cover various ways to detect and cleanse dirty data using tools built… Read more
Tomorrow at 10am (11am EDT), I’ll be joining together with my good friend and SSIS Design Patterns coauthor Andy Leonard for a free one hour webinar to discuss scripting in SQL Server Integration Services:
Join SQL Server MVP Tim Mitchell and Andy Leonard as they discuss and demonstrate scripting in…