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  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Scripts!

    With mixed emotions, I just read The End of an Era – SQLFool scripts are now open-sourced. After two book projects together, I admire Michelle (New Blog | @SQLFool) immensely. More than that, I consider her a friend. It’s exciting to (try to) keep up with all the cool stuff Michelle’s working on, and I am very happy for her. Thanks for all the ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on June 23, 2015
  • 701

    It’s your turn. You start blogging. You cannot start in July 2007 like I did – even if you have a Delorean. But you can start in July 2015. Here’s the thing: In 2023, eight more years will have passed. Will you have posted 700 blog posts by then? You can. How do I know? It’s possible. “What Do I Blog About, Andy?” What was the last ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 24, 2015
  • Real World SSIS: A Survival Guide, 8 May, Baltimore

    My friend and fellow Linchpin, Tim Mitchell (blog | @Tim_Mitchell) will deliver a day-long seminar titled Real World SSIS: A Survival Guide the day before SQL Saturday – Baltimore (9 May). Attend and learn more about: Handling warnings, errors, and other bad stuff Data cleansing using SSIS, T-SQL, and DQS More than just a green box: ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 8, 2015
  • Some Thoughts on Event Speaker Selection

    I write this from the perspective of experience. I’ve helped organize dozens of events over the past ten years. Feel free to take the parts of this advice that help and discard the parts that don’t. Enjoy! Planning an event is hard work. If you’ve never volunteered to help your local User Group or SQL Saturday, I encourage you to get involved. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on November 26, 2014
  • Presenting Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine at NoVaSQL in Washington DC Monday!

    I am honored to present Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine Monday 24 Mar 2014 at the Northern Virginia SQL Server User Group (NoVaSQL)! I hope to see you there. Details… :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 19, 2014
  • Presenting Using Biml as a Design Patterns Engine to Midlands PASS 9 Jan 2014!

    I am honored to present Using Biml as a Design Patterns Engine to the Midlands PASS Chapter Thursday 9 Jan 2014! Summary: Business Intelligence Markup Language provides a powerful solution for creating and managing SSIS Design Patterns. Andy Leonard, one of the authors of SSIS Design Patterns, demonstrates the flexibility of BIML in this ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 29, 2013
  • Presenting A Day of SSIS 2012 (Precon) at SQL Saturday Dallas

    I am honored to present a day-long preconference before SQL Saturday 255 (Dallas) entitled A Day of SSIS 2012. Please register here. I’m excited to visit the Dallas area! Here’s some information about the precon – I hope to see you there! Training Description A Day of SSIS was developed by Andy Leonard to train technology professionals in the ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 28, 2013
  • This Isn’t Hard: Allow Spouses to Attend Conferences

    There was a bit of a hubbub at Tech Ed 2013 North America. It began with generalized disorganization, escalated when site security escorted Greg Young’s (blog | @gregyoung) wife from the building, and ended with him cancelling his presentations at both the North American and European conferences. Greg’s post has generated some responses, but – ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 27, 2013
  • SQL in the City Event Dates Announced!

    Red Gate rocks. If you didn’t know that already, you know it now. The latest evidence to support this claim is the publication of the schedule for US SQL in the City events. They are: 9 Oct – Pasadena 11 Oct – Atlanta 14 Oct – Charlotte Registration for these events opens 24 May. :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 18, 2013
  • Want to Learn SQL Server 2012?

    Or SSIS 2012? SSRS 2012? SSAS 2012? There’s no substitute for getting your hands on the product, in my opinion. I can hear you thinking, “But Andy, I can’t afford to purchase a copy of SQL Server 2012.” Are you sure? What if I told you that you can get a full-feature version of SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition for $50? Well, you cannot… it’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 22, 2012
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