Business Intelligence boot camp!

April 13, 2008 at 3:54 am Leave a comment

Today was the first day of my second session of business intelligence boot camp. What a great day! Some people might not think spending the entire weekend in a classroom listening to sql talk would be fun, but man … I had a GREAT time! A great topic (integration services) presented by a great speaker (Mike Hotek). Mike did a great job today. My favorite part of the class came late in the afternoon when Mike took us on a guided tour of an integration services project he is working on. It was an ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) project to bring in data from compressed text files, scrub the data and load it into sql. He walked us through his thought process and design strategies. He showed us parts that he’d done right and parts that he’d done wrong (and redone more than once). He managed to sum up 2 or 3 days of lecture (between this session and the last one) in about two hours. His project used a lot of the ‘big guns’ in IS, so he walked us through them again and pointed out how he used them in this real world context. He also pointed out some places he had to do a little hacking to get around some things that IS won’t do or does poorly. It was a presentation unlike any I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen a presentation based on fake data that could match this look at the real deal. Hat’s off to you Mike!

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