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  • The Recording for Save Time and Improve SSIS Quality with Biml is Available

    The recording for the webinar Save Time and Improve SSIS Quality with Biml is now available (registration required). Enjoy! :{> Learn More: SSIS Catalog Compare v2.0 Launch Event 7 Mar 2017! The Basics of Biml – Populating the Biml Relational Hierarchy Related Training: IESSIS1: Immersion Event on Learning SQL Server Integration ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 31, 2017
  • Biml Express Metadata Framework

    I’m not good at naming things. “Biml Express Metadata Framework” is descriptive but the acronym – BEMF – is difficult to pronounce (for me, at least). Kent Bradshaw wants to name it George. We’ll keep working on a name… What is the Biml Express Metadata Framework? The Biml Express Metadata Framework uses Business Intelligence Markup Language ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 31, 2017
  • Presenting “Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine” at the (605) SQL Server User Group 10 Jan

    I am honored to present – albeit remotely – Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine to the (605) SQL Server User Group in Sioux Falls, SD Tuesday 10 Jan 2017! Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) and wondered, “Why is everyone so excited about Biml?” Occasionally, a new technology emerges that ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on January 4, 2017
  • I’m Presenting at SQL Saturday Charlotte (#560) Next Saturday!

    I’m honored and all giggly with anticipation about presenting at SQL Saturday 560 in Charlotte next Saturday, 17 Sep 2016! I’m presenting Biml and SSIS Frameworks, and I hope to see many of you there. For the SSIS Frameworks part of my presentation, I’m using SSIS Framework Community Edition, a free and open source SSIS Framework from Enterprise ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 10, 2016
  • The Basics of Biml – the Execute SQL Task

    A couple years ago, I wrote a series of guest posts about the Basics of SSIS for my friend Pinal Dave’s [Blog | @pinaldave] popular blog, SQL Authority. In that series, I pointed out that I use only a handful of SSIS Control Flow tasks when designing SSIS packages. You can find the series here: Execute SQL Task Data Flow Task ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 9, 2016
  • The Basics of Biml – Populating the Biml Relational Hierarchy

    In this post, I’m going to demonstrate how to build the objects Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) requires before creating anything – the Biml Relational Hierarchy. The Biml Relational Hierarchy provides the foundation for all relational interaction between packages, cubes, dimensions, facts, and T-SQL. It’s important to note that Biml ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 6, 2016
  • Announcing Biml Academy 2!

    Biml Academy 2 – Lessons 5-9 – will be 15-19 Aug 2016. Each 1-hour session will begin at 1:00 PM EDT and will be recorded. Join Cathrine Wilhelmsen (blog), BimlHero and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Scott Currie (creator of Biml and Mist), and me as we explore staging and loading data using SSIS packages generated by Biml. Monday 15 Aug: ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 1, 2016
  • Use Biml to Remove Spaces from Flat File Column Names

    I hate a space in a database column name. Kent Bradshaw and I are updating our demo for loading National Provider Index (NPI) file data (We plan to present on this soon… more later…). The NPI files currently have 329 fields and almost every one of them contains spaces: I had 5 minutes, so I decided to fix it with Biml. I first created an SSIS ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 6, 2016
  • So You Want to Learn More About Biml?

    Biml is growing in popularity and it’s so cool to be a part of this awesome and growing community! This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some places you can go to learn and read more about Biml: Resources BimlScript.com Varigence Biml Forum at Varigence SQLServerCentral.com ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on June 2, 2016
  • I’m Presenting Biml and SSIS Execution Frameworks at RichmondSQL 9 Jun!

    I am honored to present Biml and SSIS Execution Frameworks 9 Jun 2016 at the Richmond SQL Server Users Group! The meeting starts at 6:30 PM EDT and will be held at 4600 Cox Rd in Glen Allen, VA. Biml and SSIS Execution Frameworks You’ve probably heard that it’s a data integration best practice to build small, unit-of-work SSIS packages. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 26, 2016
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