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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services 1st Edition

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Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services

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.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Brian Knight, SQL Server MVP, MCSE, MCDBA, is the co - founder of SQLServerCentral.com and JumpstartTV.com. Brian is a Principal Consultant and owner of Pragmatic Works. He runs the local SQL Server users’ group in Jacksonville (JSSUG) and was on the Board of Directors of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS). Brian is a contributing columnist for SQL Server Standard and also maintains a regular column for the database website SQLServerCentral.com and does regular webcasts at Jumpstart TV. He has authored nine SQL Server books during the past 10 years. Brian has spoken at conferences like PASS, SQL Connections, and TechEd, and many Code Camps. You can find his blog at http://www.pragmaticworks.com. Brian spends weekends practicing to be a professional cage fighter and practicing for next season's American Idol.

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/.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470247959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470247952
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. T. Blackford on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you have a need to learn SSIS or to enhance your SSIS knowledge base this is the book for you.
Being a Sql Server BI consultant I have come across many opportunities that SSIS either solves or is part of the overall solution.
Therefore I have a need to be as profecient as possible in SSIS. This book is my bible for SSIS reference and problem solving.
In my opinion there is not a better book available today, that will not only help get you started in SSIS, but enable you to become a very effecient SSIS Guru.
This book walks you through the entire SSIS solution process. Package creation, Control Flow, Data Flow, Warehouse population stratagies, package tuning, etc. (You get the picture)
One of the issues I come across routinely is data scrubbing, i.e cleaning your input data. This is a difficult task for even a skilled practitioner.
There is a very good chapter in this book on the scripting task in SSIS which is where most of your data cleansing will take place, if needed.
This book will save you hours if not days of research in trying to solve all those issues you typically encounter when taking data from one platform or store to another entirely different
Data store and/or platform.

Well worth the price!
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I have recently been tasked to create a data warehouse for our company. I have many years of experience in the OLTP world but needed to get up to speed fast on how to get that data from a highly normalized transactional database into a data warehouse. Designing the data warehouse was straight forward but I needed best practices for the ETL (Extract, Tranform, Load) process to load and maintain the data warehouse.

I knew SSIS was the tool I needed to do the ETL but was not sure where to start. This is where this book has proved to be invaluable. Chapter 10 immediately gave me specific examples and best practices on how to load my data warehouse. After seeing the big picture, I was then able go back to the earlier chapters and learn the "heavy lifting" tasks such a creating the control and data flows.

I highly recommend this book to anyone involved in loading a data warehouse. The time you spend learning how to do it right way will definitely pay off in the end.
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This book has been a great resource for me. I am in the process of building a data warehouse and have been struggling with this. I have a lot of experience on the OLTP side of systems, but this book really helped get me up to speed on the data warehouse concepts and the ETL process.

The examples in this book really opened my eyes to the 'outside the box' uses for SSIS that I had not thought of.

The chapter on data warehousing is a great resource and is a reference I keep close by. There is also a great chapter on error and event handling. This is a very important component to ETL systems, but one I wasn't handling very well.

This book is a great addition to my reference library. I highly recommend this to anyone involved in ETL processing.
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Well not literally, but you know.

This book really helped me when I needed it, after being thrown into a large project where I had to write a good number of SSIS packages from scratch, with no prior MS SQL experience (and no hints from anyone else I might add!). Some of the information was rather light, but between this book and some very helpful blogs on Google, it worked out. I also discovered what must be bugs in SSIS. Who'd a thought? For example, I was only able to infrequently get the Web Services task to work, and to this day, am not sure if it was SSIS or the service provider. Oh well.

Extra helpful were the step-by-step instructions and diagrams, the chapters on the basics of the tool, and "Administering SSIS." Some of the later chapters I didn't get to or need, but will keep as a reference.

I have a number of other Wrox books that were just horrible, which sat there so long on my shelf that I finally had to throw them out because the technology was too dated, lol, but I really lucked out this time.
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This book is a complete End to End reference guide for SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. This book starts with a very good basic introduction to the all the tools and tasks available in SSIS. There is very detailed explanation of the basic tasks which are more frequently used such as Script Task, Execute SQL task and Send Email. Good description on the containers which we need for looping through a set of tasks which is more common in any development.

During development, the most common thing we would like to /need to do is making the package dynamic. There is a good chapter to explain how to use expressions effectively to have runtime configurations in the package. Other very good chapters to refer are Scripting in SSIS which explains the scripting capabilities using .NET and C#. The chapter, Accessing Heterogeneous Data, which explains how to access various heterogeneous data sources such as Excel, Flat File, XML, ADO.NET, OLE DB and many with examples.
The later chapters explain more about optimizing SSIS packages, error handling and event handling, Migrating DTS Packages. The chapter which explains accessing external applications is good but needs more examples to highlight the capability of SSIS accessing various external applications.

Too many pages, yes, the book has. But to refer SSIS with good samples and Screenshots (The screenshots are helpful in few instances), I wouldn't mind reading these many pages.

For any new developer, who wants to know from the basics and a complete End to End flow of SSIS before start using SQL Server 2008 Integration for ETL development, this is one good reference book I would recommend.
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