Monday, April 28, 2008

More Details on TechEd

As I posted earlier in the month, I'll be presenting a pre-conference/post-conference Train the Trainer (TTT) session on Saturday June 7th between the Developer Week and IT Pro Week of the Microsoft TechEd 2008 conference. Although not everything has been finalized, there is more information to share, and if you're a Microsoft Certified Trainer who is planning to attend either week of TechEd, hopefully this will help convince you to come.

Here's the deal:

Bill Chapman, the MCT Readiness Manager[1] at Microsoft has a new blog, and he's posted the schedule for the TTT events here: Take a look and you'll see that I'll have just under three hours to cover SSIS topics. Other trainers (names not yet posted) will be covering the SSAS and SSRS content, so I'll be able to focus on what I love the best: SSIS.

Here's the working agenda for this TTT session:
Moving Beyond the MOC and Into Real World ETL with SQL Server Integration Services
SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) is a true enterprise-scale Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) platform with unparalleled performance and extensibility. But despite its capabilities, SSIS includes an incomplete and complex set of tools, and can sometimes be unintuitive to use and difficult to master. This complexity can be both a blessing and a curse for Microsoft Certified Trainers who deliver the MOC courses on SSIS and the SQL Server BI product suite – a blessing because more people see the need for training, and a curse because the MOC courses fall short of preparing students for the painful realities of SSIS development projects.

This 2 hour 45 minute session is designed for MCTs who deliver (or plan on delivering) the SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 SSIS MOC courses and who want to better understand the real-world problems their students face – and the right solutions for those problems. This session will include:

· Coverage of SSIS in both SQL Server 2005 and 2008
· Package development best practices
· Package deployment best practices
· SSIS Architecture and performance tuning
· Online and offline resources for post-session continued learning
· Lots of interactivity and Q&A throughout the session

SSIS is the cornerstone of any SQL Server BI application. As an MCT you strive to prepare your students for their projects to the best of your ability. This session will go far beyond the MOC courseware and will help prepare you to face the most challenging classes with confidence.
Sound like fun?

Of course it does.

And remember, it only gets better - if you're an active MCT, these TTT sessions are absolutely free. Contact Bill Chapman (the details are on his blog) and get registered for the sessions you're interested in. I'm sure they're going to fill up quickly, so don't delay.

Also, if there is any specific SSIS content that you'd like to see covered, please post a comment here. I can't guarantee that I'll be able to cover everything in this session, but the more I know about what you'd like to see and hear, the more likely it is that I'll make you happy.

[1] Yep - we MCTs have so much trouble getting ready that we need a dedicated manager just to help.

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