As a DBA why would I consider attending a pre-con by John Welch at SQL Saturday 89 titled Data Warehousing with SSIS? For starters lets look at what all the session entails.
– Laying out a framework for your ETL
Logging, Restartability and Recoverability, Auditing
– Common SSIS Tasks
Using FTP to Retrieve Files, Copying and Archiving Files, Executing SQL Statements, Moving Data
– Handling Dimensions
SCD Type 1, SCD Type 2, Advanced Dimension Types
– Handling Facts
Transactional, Periodic Snapshot, Accumulating Snapshot, Advanced Fact Patterns
Handling Processing Errors, Handling Data Errors, Recovering from Errors
– Performance Tuning SSIS
Tuning Performance of the Data Flow, Optimizing Data Warehouse Loads
– Best Practices for Managing Your ETL
Out of the 7 topics only 1 is strictly about data warehouse. The rest is all about SSIS and managing ETL. As a production DBA I work a good bit with SSIS and support many ETL processes. I might not get a great deal out of the portion about slowly changing dimensions but learning anything about SCD would be a good thing right. At least then I could carry on a conversation and know a little about it.
So if you are a production DBA that wants to learn a great deal more about SSIS and tuning ETL processes then you really should consider attending John’s pre-con session at SQL Saturday 89 in Atlanta GA on September 16th. You can’t beat the price of the class either. $99 for 8 hours of training with lunch being included. Don’t wait as space is limited.