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SSIS Training 15-19 Oct in Reston Virginia

Early bird registration is now open for Linchpin People’s SSIS training course From Zero To SSIS scheduled for 15-19 Oct 2012 in Reston Virginia!

Register today – the early bird discount ends 28 Sep 2012.

Training Description

From Zero to SSIS was developed by Andy Leonard to train technology professionals in the fine art of using SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) to build data integration and Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) solutions.

The training is focused around labs and emphasizes a hands-on approach. Most technologists learn by doing; this training is designed to maximize the time attendees spend working with SSIS.

Students must supply a laptop or other computing device configured with an instance of SQL Server 2008, 2008 R2, or 2012 and Integration Services.

Target Audience

The target audience for this training is database professionals, application developers, and business intelligence practitioners interested in acquiring or expanding their existing SSIS skill set.


No experience with SQL Server or SQL Server Integration Services is required before attending this training.

It is helpful (but not required) that students possess some knowledge of and experience with relational databases. SQL Server knowledge / experience will be more helpful than experience with other technologies.

Training Objectives

At the conclusion of the training, attendees will have been exposed to:

- Using SSIS to develop data integration solutions.

- Using SSIS to load a data warehouse dimension.

- Troubleshooting real-world SSIS Data Flow Task errors.

- Deploying SSIS Solutions.

- Managing, monitoring, and administering SSIS in the enterprise.

Training Summary
Lesson 0: Introduction

    - Training overview, expectations, and introductions.

Lesson 1: Creating Your First SSIS package

    - Introduction to Business Intelligence Development Studio. Visual Studio tips and tricks, menu contents and locations.

Lesson 2: Introduction to the Data Flow Task

    - Introduction to the Data Flow Task. Connection Manager and Data Flow Task basics - source and destination adapters.

Lesson 3: Data Flow Task 201

    - Intermediate Data Flow Concepts. Building re-executable data loaders.

Lesson 4: Data Flow Task 202

    - Advanced Data Flow Concepts. Building and tuning robust incremental loader.

Lesson 5: The Control Flow

    - Containers, Precedence, and Work flow. Transactions, restart-ability, and blocking. Exercise: Sequence Containers.

Lesson 6: Loop Containers

    - Using For Loop and Foreach Loop Containers.

Lesson 7: Data Flow Task 301

    - Data Cleansing Basics. Building an incremental loader for real-world data.

Lesson 8: Data Flow Task 302

    - Intermediate Data Cleansing. Managing real-world changes to data sources.

Lesson 9: Data Flow Task 303

    - Advanced Data Cleansing. Loading uneven flat file sources

Lesson 10: Event Handlers, Logging, and Configurations

    - A survey of SSIS event handlers focusing on OnError and OnInformation events. Using SSIS’s built-in logging facility to capture package execution details and statistics; and built-in package configurations to externalize variable values.

Lesson 11: Security, Deployment, and Execution

    - SSIS Package deployment options and security implications.

    - SSIS Package execution.

Lesson 12: Enterprise Data Flow Design

    - Data Flow performance characteristics

    - Data integration instrumentation

Lesson 13: ETL Design Patterns

    - Leveraging less-documented features of SSIS along with the Parent-Child design pattern to achieve “hands-free” custom logging and creative custom configuration. ETL Instrumentation.

Lesson 14: Enterprise Execution Patterns

    - Leveraging the Parent-Child design pattern and much of what we’ve learned over the past days to build a metadata-driven SSIS execution framework engine.


Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:00 AM by andyleonard

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