PASS Summit 2012 – SSIS Pre-Conference Event

Well, I guess Andy, Tim & I did a good job at PASS last year, as we’ve been invited back to present another SSIS pre-conference event at the 2012 PASS Summit. This time we’ll be joined by the co-authors of our SSIS Design Patterns book, Jessica Moss and Michelle Ufford.


SSIS Design Patterns
Speaker(s): Andy Leonard, Jessica Moss, Matt Masson, Michelle Ufford, Tim Mitchell
In this full-day session, the “SSIS Design Patterns” (Apress, 2012) author team will describe and demonstrate patterns for package execution, package logging, loading flat file and XML sources, loading the cloud, dynamic package generation, SSIS Frameworks, data warehouse ETL, and data flow performance.


We had a great audience and turnout last year (around 120 people if I recall correctly…). This year should be even better…

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Integration Services

I’m happy to see that my second SSIS book for the SQL Server 2012 release has been announced! SQL Server 2012 Integration Services  is published by Microsoft Press (and O’Reilly), and gives you a real insiders view of the product. My co-authors are all members of the SSIS product team, and we’ve really dug deep into the product for some of the chapters you’ll see in this book. It is scheduled to come out this summer (July 2012). I think this book is a good compliment to my other book – SSIS Design Patterns – which takes a more hands-on, solution based approach.

From the O’Reilly site:

Conquer Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Integration Services—from the inside out!

You’re beyond the basics, so dive right in and really put SQL Server Integration Services to work! This supremely organized reference packs hundreds of timesaving solutions, troubleshooting tips, and workarounds. It’s all muscle and no fluff. Discover how the experts perform data integration tasks—and challenge yourself to new levels of mastery.

  • Gain in-depth understanding of Integration Service capabilities introduced in SQL Server 2012
  • Implement Integration Services best practices and design patterns
  • Master the ETL tool for data extraction, transformation, and loading
  • Manage performance issues using tuning principles and techniques
  • Diagnose problems and apply advanced troubleshooting features

Upcoming Book – SSIS Design Patterns

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a book for SQL Server 2012 entitled – SSIS Design Patterns. I’m co-authoring the book with a fantastic bunch of SQL Server MVPs – Tim Mitchell, Jessica Moss, Michelle Ufford, and Andy Leonard. Details are now available on the Apress website and Amazon.

SSIS Design Patterns

SSIS Design Patterns is a book of recipes for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). Design patterns in the book show how to solve common problems encountered when developing data integration solutions. Because you do not have to build the code from scratch each time, using design patterns improves your efficiency as an SSIS developer. In SSIS Design Patterns, we take you through several of these snippets in detail, providing the technical details of the resolution.
SSIS Design Patterns does not focus on the problems to be solved; instead, the book delves into why particular problems should be solved in certain ways. You’ll learn more about SSIS as a result, and you’ll learn by practical example. Where appropriate, SSIS Design Patterns provides examples of alternative patterns and discusses when and where they should be used. Highlights of the book include sections on ETL Instrumentation, SSIS Frameworks, and Dependency Services.

  • Takes you through solutions to several common data integration challenges
  • Demonstrates new features in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services
  • Teaches SSIS using practical examples
What you’ll learn
  • Load data from flat file formats
  • Explore patterns for executing SSIS packages
  • Discover a pattern for loading XML data
  • Migrate SSIS packages through your application lifecycle without editing connections
  • Take advantage of SSIS 2012 Dependency Services
  • Build an SSIS Framework to support your application needs
Who this book is for

SSIS Design Patterns is for the data integration developer who is ready to take their SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) skills to a more efficient level. It’s for the developer interested in locating a previously-tested solution quickly. SSIS Design Patterns is a great book for ETL (extract, transform, and load) specialists and those seeking practical uses for new features in SQL Server 2012 Integration Services. It’s an excellent choice for business intelligence and data warehouse developers.