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SSIS for Beginners Training Course

Two days (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):

Classroom (London)
£1,350
Classroom (Manchester)
£995
Onsite (your office)
Please ask
Online (your home)
£825
You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

You should have a basic knowledge of SQL Server to attend this course (you don't necessarily need to know how to write a SELECT statement, but you should have seen one before). 

Course schedule

Here are our next few Introduction to SSIS course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
30-31 May 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
27-28 Jun 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
22-23 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
29-30 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
26-27 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £825 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Introduction to SSIS training course contents

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) lets you automate the import, export and conversion of data. You can use SSIS to fill your data warehouse, import a batch of CSV files or Excel workbooks or just draw beautiful flow diagrams! 

On this course you will learn how to:

  • Import and export data to/from Excel workbooks, CSV files and SQL Server and other databases

  • Understand and use variables and expressions in SSIS

  • Create transforms to split and combine data flows, as well as to add additional columns

  • Create lookup transforms allowing you to cleanse data

  • Use file system tasks to create, move, copy, rename and delete files and folders

  • Loop over files to automate the loading and cleansing of data

Refreshingly, this introductory course doesn't use a large, impenetrable Microsoft database, but instead just uses simple examples to illustrate real-world tasks.

The contents of this course are as follows:

SSIS basics

  • Solutions and projects
  • Basic packages
  • Control and data flow tasks
  • The 32-bit question

Data flow tasks

  • Connection managers
  • Sources and destinations

Using different data connections

  • SQL Server (OLEDB)
  • Connecting to Excel workbooks
  • New and existing flat files
  • Multiple flat files

Data viewers

  • Attaching data viewers
  • Data buffers

Basic data transforms

  • Sorting and aggregating
  • Sampling data
  • Dividing and uniting data

Data conversion transforms

  • The SSIS data types
  • Unicode and ASCII data
  • Type cast functions

Variables and expressions

  • The Row Count transform
  • User and system variables
  • Expression tasks

Debugging

  • Setting breakpoints
  • The Locals window

Derived column transforms

  • SSIS expressions
  • Using SSIS functions
  • Using the conditional operator

Handling errors

  • Redirecting and ignoring errors
  • Truncation errors

Conditional split transforms

  • Splitting data by expression
  • Using comparison operators
  • Syntax for multiple conditions

Lookup transforms

  • Redirecting unmatched rows
  • Choosing a cache mode
  • Setting unmatched rows to Unknown
  • Adding unmatched rows automatically

File system tasks

  • Working with files
  • Working with folders

Looping over files

  • The file name variable
  • Configuring the loop
  • Expression constraints

Importing multiple files

  • Using expressions for connections
  • Dynamic connections within loops

Looping over rows   if time

  • Object variables
  • Reading in data
  • Looping over ADO rows
  • Dynamic connection strings

Using parameter placeholders

  • Using the ? Symbol
  • Mapping parameters

Merge joins

  • How they work
  • Comparing two data sets

Basic deployment

  • Project-level deployment
  • Creating a catalog
  • Deploying and viewing in SSMS

Using parameters   if time

  • Package and project parameters
  • Using parameters in expressions
  • Deploying parameters
  • Why to avoid environments
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"The trainer kept me interested the whole time and had her way of explaining things I wasn't quite sure of. Excellent teacher. I have always struggled with formulas so I wanted to get some more experience."

Sara Rowland (Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA))

"Really good course & great that it is such a small group. I have previously attended in-person Wise Owl courses before. The online course worked really well (just a couple of tiny interruptions when people dropped out or sound lost). Taking the time to check the set up ahead of time & being able to have the pack posted to me was great. "

Catherine Turnbull-Ross (Fairhive Homes Ltd)

"The trainer was lovely and personable as always, he was really willing to go the extra mile to ensure that the course was tailored to us and our specific experiences and organisations. He was also very patient with any technical issues. The course itself was great. I had no knowledge of Power BI whatsoever, but it's used a lot in my department. Looking forward to convincing the powers that be to let me on a more advanced course!!"

Hannah Bateman (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC))

"The instructor was excellent, made sure we were up to speed with what we were doing by checking our individual screens and pointing out any errors that we had in our scripts."

Alex Nesbitt (Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC))

"I really enjoyed the course, excellent hands on using Power BI and felt I had a good grasp of how to use the application at the end of the course. The trainer was excellent and answered all my questions and explained things in an easy to understand manner."

Margo Bowes (Tracsis)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

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