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SQL Saturday New York #158

Last Saturday August 4, 2012 we attended SQL Saturday #158 in New York.

We (Tessie, Victoria and Brandon) were there educating folks on SSIS Data Quality for Melissa Data.

For Actuality Business Intelligence and Melissa Data the event planning staff executed a great event and very well organized. Here is a video of Tessie and Victoria(Daughter) in action.

All in all we had a full day of interacting with SQL Saturday New Yorkers and also  giving  presentation Advanced Fuzzy Matching(TSQL, SSIS and MDS).

Last we also brought our grandchildren(Julia, Jack an Jake),  and they were excited to have the chance to begin the processes of becoming future BI Consultants.

Secondofly here is a video of my grandaughter(Julia) reminding me from here persepctive  “I’m a pretty princess, not you”

Thirdofly Julia and Tessie with Lady Liberty.

Master Data Services – SSIS MDM Load



Master Data Services – SSIS MDM Load


Microsoft recently released Master Data Services in SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP. Without getting into the strategic benefits, definitions etc. of MDM(Master Data Management) this tool will be very helpful for any application in automating the setup and maintenance of look up or cross reference tables or utilizing reference data.



Kirk Haselden has provided a white paper on The What, Why, and How of Master Data Management




Nick Barclay: BI-Lingual has provided an excellent post on getting started with this tool. In his post he provide a walkthrough on how to set up a sample Geography Model and the associated Entities, Attributes and Hierarchies. In addition he provides the TSQL to load them. I have expanded on his work and provided a basic SSIS Package for loading the Model.






The approach was to use derived column transforms to set up the required metadata and aggregate transform to generate distinct results. Obviously Nick has done all the heavy lifting I thought it would be helpful to have an SSIS Package to compliment his very informative post.




Last I intentionally kept this package basic, they are many opportunities for improvement and making the entire process data driven, which I will explore next.




An additional reference for understanding MDM is David Loshin’s book.


Ira Warren Whiteside

Actuality Business Intelligence



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