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Building Blocks of Biml

by Stacia Misner Varga

This course teaches SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) developers how to develop packages to perform extract-transform-load (ETL) operations for a data warehouse by using Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) as an alternative development approach.

What you'll learn

It’s generally accepted that creating and maintaining ETL packages with SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is one of the more time-consuming steps in the data warehouse development process, but what if there was a way to save time that can be used to solve bigger problems or expand the data warehouse scope? Rather than spend seemingly endless hours working through repetitive SSIS package development tasks and more hours tweaking those packages as schemas evolve, you can use Biml to create a framework that gracefully adapts to changes and updates package designs in minutes. This course introduces you to the Biml language by progressively building out files to support a data warehouse environment until you have a complete solution for staging data and loading the staged data into target dimension and fact tables.

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About the author

Stacia Misner Varga is an instructor, author, and principal consultant of Data Inspirations. Her career spans more than 30 years, with a focus on improving business practices through technology. Since 2000, she has provided consulting and education services for Microsoft’s data platform and authored or co-authored many books covering this topic. In addition, Stacia has been a frequent speaker over the years at technology conferences worldwide.

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