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My Biml Metadata Strategy

Now that we’ve discussed various common metadata strategies used in creating BimlScript, I’m going to explain exactly how the metadata in my sample BimlScript framework functions. Basically, I’m going to start to pull back the curtain and explain some of the “magic” involved in my Biml – The Next Step in Agile Data Warehousing presentation.

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Strategies and Languages for Generating Biml

What are the best methods for generating Biml and what language should you use? Before I dive into this, let me begin with a disclaimer. I applaud anyone working with Biml to improve their productivity and eliminate needless, repetitive work. One of the primary advantages of Biml is its flexibility, which allows people to generate [...]

Biml Metadata Options and Considerations

Simply put, metadata is data about data. Probably the most common way that SQL Server Professionals use metadata is when we query SQL Server System Views. In this article we’ll discuss using metadata to drive BimlScript automation. Before I start listing common metadata sources and methods, I need to briefly contrast two basic metadata philosophies [...]

Agile Data Warehouse Development using Biml

Agile development is good, Waterfall is bad. We hear this all the time, along with un-documented statistics claiming that approximately 80% of Data Warehouse projects fail. So, we as Business Intelligence Professionals are told that we must be Agile. Whenever I taught Dimensional Modeling and Data Warehouse classes, I could count on at least one [...]

Biml Makes You THE ONE

The Matrix is one of my favorite movies. The story, special affects, and the theme are so compelling that I’ve watched the movie at least a dozen times. I referenced it in the introduction for my SQL Saturday 255 presentation, Biml – The Next Step in Agile Data Warehousing, and it fits in perfectly with [...]

Data Warehouse Initial (Historical) Dimension Loading With T-SQL Merge

If T-SQL Merge can only handle one changed record at a time, how can we use it for our initial/historical load? Further, how can we use Merge in those situations where the incremental load may produce more than 1 changed record per entity? Well, I’m glad you asked.

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Stop Clowning Around and use Biml

Sorry for my terrible photography.

Clowning Around

Friday, I took my girlfriend to see The Greatest Show On Earth. We love the animal acts, stunts, and the over-the-top atmosphere. However, I am always torn when watching these kinds of performers. On one hand, as anyone who’s seen me present can attest, I love performing. There’s something [...]

Why I Choose BIML Scripting

Welcome to a new series of articles, about Biml and Biml Scripting. Most of these will be fairly short personal essays about why I am investing my time in Biml Scripting. I’m hoping these will resonate with you and encourage you to start a similar journey. As I publish related articles, I will add [...]

Setup and Performance Issues with the Integration Services (SSIS) 2012 Catalog

For those who don’t know, I’m currently the Data Warehouse Architect for a large scale and complex multi-tenant data warehousing project. Fortunately, the project is being created in SQL Server 2012 and I thrilled to be using the new features. Let me preface this blog post by admitting that my experience with using the SSIS [...]

SQL Saturday Dallas Reflections and Presentation Downloads

Every time I attend SQL Saturdays I am re-energized, and SQL Saturday 163 BI Edition was no different. This one was particularly special because of my precon presentation, “Data Warehousing In a Day”. I just love getting up in front of a group and teaching and it’s obvious when to the attendees.

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