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  • 2017 SQL Skills SSIS Immersion Events

    I’m home after a day of travel that included waking up at quarter-til-early to catch a cab to SeaTac with Tim Mitchell [blog | @Tim_Mitchell], bumpy flights, and a two-hour drive back to Farmville. We had a fantastic time! Our students asked lots of interesting questions and Tim and I were, I believe, able to answer them all (with a little help – ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on September 24, 2016
  • 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
  • The Recording for Biml Academy 2–Lesson 5 is Now Available!

    The recording for Biml Academy 2 - Lesson 5 - Importing Data with Biml by Cathrine Wilhelmsen [Blog | @cathrinew] is now available! Cathrine did an outstanding job walking through several methods for importing database schemas using Biml. It’s worth a view (registration required). :{>
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 15, 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 Varigence Biml Forum at Varigence ...
    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
  • I’m Presenting Biml and SSIS Execution Frameworks at CharlotteSQL 8 Jun 2016!

    I am honored to present Biml and SSIS Execution Frameworks 8 Jun 2016 at the Charlotte SQL Server User Group! To learn more about meetings at the Charlotte SSUG sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Biml and SSIS Execution Frameworks You’ve probably heard that it’s a data integration best practice to ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 25, 2016
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