From the Back Cover
When SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) was released to the market in SQL Server 2005, it took the Extract Transform Load (ETL) market by storm. Three years later, SQL Server 2008 has introduced an even more mature rendition of SSIS that is focused on improving the scalability and performance of SQL Server and also serves as a very powerful tool for performing ETL operations, which are central to data warehousing.
With this book, an assembled team of professionals has combined their years of experience and tried–and–true best practices to present you with the tools to take your SSIS skill set to a new level. After a basic review of the fundamental concepts of SSIS, you′ll move on to more in–depth topics such as extending the engine, synchronizing systems incrementally, managing the SSIS platform, and more. Plus, helpful examples and real–world case studies demonstrate advanced concepts and techniques. Once you get past the initial learning curve of the 2008 version of SSIS, you′ll be amazed by the power, effectiveness, and timesaving ability of SSIS―all of which are aimed at making your life easier.
What you will learn from this book
Ways that you can use the Script task in SSIS
How to load a data warehouse from the ground up
Techniques for scaling SSIS to make it more reliable
Ways to incrementally load and join data
Instructions for using containers to do looping in SSIS
How to expose the SSIS data flow to other programs, such as InfoPath and your own .NET applications
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who is interested in using SSIS for transforming data, creating a workflow, or maintaining an SQL Server.
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About the Author
Erik Veerman is a Mentor for Solid Quality Mentors focusing on training, mentoring, and architecting solutions on the SQL Server BI platform. His industry recognition includes Microsoft′s Worldwide BI Solution of the Year and SQL Server Magazine′s Innovator Cup winner. Erik has designed dozens of BI solutions across a broad business spectrum ― telecommunications, marketing, retail, commercial real estate, finance, supply chain, and information technology. His experience with high – volume multi – terabyte environments and SQL Server 64 – bit has enabled clients to scale their Microsoft – based BI solutions for optimal potential. As an expert in OLAP design, ETL processing, and dimensional modeling, Erik is a presenter, author, and instructor. He led the ETL architecture and design for the first production implementation of Integration Services (SSIS) and helped drive the ETL standards and best practices for SSIS on Microsoft′s SQL Server 2005 reference initiative, Project REAL. Erik is also co – author of Professional SQL Server 2005 Integration Service and Expert SQL Server 2005 Integration Services, and lead author for the MS Press Training Kit SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Implementation and Maintenance. As a resident of Atlanta, GA, Erik participates in the local Atlanta SQL Server User′s Group, a PASS chapter.
Grant Dickinson is a Program Manager at Microsoft, focusing on designing technologies that enable customers and partners to create innovative and scalable Business Intelligence solutions. Grant has helped qualify, architect, and implement BI solutions across a broad range of industries, including a solution that was once one of the largest Microsoft – based data warehouses in the world. He has designed and provided expertise into product features across the Microsoft BI stack, including technologies in SSIS, SQL Server, and Office. Grant helped develop the Microsoft best – practices ETL reference implementation, Project REAL, and has spoken at conferences around the world. Grant is currently focused on data quality and stewardship in the Master Data Management space. Grant was born in Zimbabwe and spent much of his youth in Southern Africa. He gained a BSc Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and today he lives in Seattle with his wife and family.
Douglas Hinson splits his time between database and software development for financial applications in the logistics and insurance industries. Douglas specializes in conceptualizing, reengineering, and developing back – end solutions that connect business operational and financial functions. As a result, he has an extensive background in SQL Server and financial applications, and fits in some technical writing on the side. He has coauthored several Wrox books, including SQL Server 2005 Performance Tuning, SQL Server 2005 CLR Programming, and the previous edition of this book, SQL Server 2005 Integration Services.
Darren Herbold, MCDBA, MCSE is a dedicated consultant who is passionate about delivering business value to his clients. A principal consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting (www.PragmaticWorks.com) and a graduate from Florida State University, he has expertise in Business Intelligence, Database Administration, and .NET Software Development. His main focus is on the SQL Server stack, where he delivers training, mentoring, and develops Data Warehouse, ETL, and Reporting solutions for his clients. He has developed a robust .NET application development framework and a code – generation tool that saves clients an average of 30 to 40 percent off of development time. Darren has also created BI and software solutions for clients such as Microsoft, Post Properties, and the University of South Florida. Visit his blog at: http://pragmaticworks.com/community/blogs/.