Classroom training -  Introduction to SSIS

Online Training

SSIS for Beginners

Live online training course - classroom version also available

£595 + VAT (where applicable)

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

SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS to its friends) allows you to move data around, transforming it along the way, but it does so much more too (as this course will prove).  During the two days, you'll 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

Note that you won't need any software on your computer for this course, as you'll be linking in to our laptops. 

Course schedule

We're running our online Introduction to SSIS course on the following dates:

Dates Times Price  
27-28 Aug 09:30-16:30 £595 Book

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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider creating your own customised online course to run on a date convenient to you).

Course Contents

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

Covered if time allows If time

Looping over rows

  • 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

Covered if time allows If time

Using parameters

  • Package and project parameters
  • Using parameters in expressions
  • Deploying parameters
  • Why to avoid environments

You can download a PDF file giving the course contents.

Benefits of our online training

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl online courses:

  • Maximum of 4 people per class
  • Excellent colour courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Pre-course set-up included in the days before the course
  • No need to install any software on your computer
  • All courses given by one of our 7 full-time Wise Owl trainers

What other people have said

Many thanks to those listed below for kindly agreeing to let us use their names. All of the reviews are from the last 3 calendar years (although some may be for classroom courses):

"Really worth while course. Very glad I did it. Brilliant trainer, would recommend to anyone. Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Great feedback on your website. Great location and course choice/content. Very good value for money."

Duncan Barber (DBS Datamarketing Ltd)

"Excellent as always."

Lisa De Prudhoe (DataQ Ltd)

"Trainer was extremely helpful."

Dan Paterson (Oldham Council)

"Very informative, well delivered and a great intro. A big thank you to the trainer. I wanted to broaden my knowledge in the area (SSIS) and the course has delivered this."

Gary Ballard (Cross Keys Homes)

"Well structured & informative. The trainer was very helpful and patient with my endless questions. Third time with Wise Owl, so knew what I was in for!"

Jonathan Brindley (DHU Healthcare CIC)

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How our live online training courses work

We've published a full summary of what it's like to attend a Wise Owl course online - here are the main things you need to know.

What you'll need

You'll need three things for the course:

  1. A computer (obviously) running Windows.
  2. A good internet connection.
  3. A microphone and (ideally) webcam.

In addition you'll find the course very difficult without an additional monitor (so that you can participate in the course on one screen, and use the software you're learning on the other).

What will happen when you book a place

Within a few hours of your booking a place on one of our online courses, we'll be in touch to get you set up correctly.  This usually takes about half an hour, and can be done at any mutually convenient date/time.

A few days before your course begins you'll receive a parcel in the post containing:

  • A full colour courseware manual;
  • An exercise booklet to go with the course; and
  • A USB stick containing the files for the course, should you need a back-up.

Your parcel will even include a Wise Owl Sheaffer biro (they're good; trust us) and pad.

What you won't need

You won't need to install any software at all on your computer.  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; and
  • we use GotoTraining for our online training, which is browser-based.
On and after the course

On the day of the course itself you will be able to join the course up to half an hour before it begins. This will give you time to:

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

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

You can see a blog showing exactly what it's like being in one of our online courses here.