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I am working on a large data migration using SSIS. In past projects we have used SQL stored procedures and manually generated mapping spreadsheets to provide to the client. We have now been tasked with providing this type of documentation on the current project. I would have though that generating data flow mapping documentation would be something that SSIS would do "out of the box" similar to what I have seen from Informatica. I have yet to find any solutions to this issue, and wonder if anyone on this forum has run into a similar situation and how went about automating the documentation process?

thanks in advance.
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As you said, SSIS can't provide the documentation you need out of the box.
You can check out BI documentor, but I haven't found real evidence on their site that it also can do mappings.

You can generate mappings with the ILM models in Powerdesigner, but it isn't the easiest tool to work with.


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I'm a little confused. What exactly are you trying to map?

Are you just trying to show the "guts" of a SSIS package? Or is this something else?

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Normally the mapping of an ETL flow is some sort of matrix where you "map" the input columns with the output columns.
E.g.: Input_Street + Input_StreetNumber = Output_Address


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I'd still like the OP to answer. Assumptions about this sort of thing are dangerous.

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I'd still like the OP to answer. Assumptions about this sort of thing are dangerous.


Well, that's why I added "normally".


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Thanks for the replies. The mapping I refer to is like this;

source.last_name + source.first_name --> destination file_as_name

this is a simple example of what we are trying to achieve. Problem is we have tons of these and some of the expression logic is fairly complex.

Really just seeing if some sort of tool exists that will document this data transformation logic showing all data flow destination columns and how the source data was transformed for the insert.

Thanks again for the responses.
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Well, it can be done in Powerdesigner, but not that easily.
(and Powerdesigner isn't actually a documenting tool).

I'm going to work with Powerdesigner in the following days, I'll let you know how it works out.


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I read up on this product after you post from yesterday and was unclear on the role it would play. Does it have the ability to read existing packages or is it a replacement for SSIS?
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No. Powerdesigner is more a data modeling tool for databases. You can document ETL (and thus generate mapping information), but it can certainly not read SSIS packages or replace them. You have to input everything yourself (unfortunately).

I think it is more worth to check out BI Documentor.


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