What is Azure Data Factory Data Flow?

There were many great announcements to come out of the Microsoft Ignite 2018 conference, but the main one for me was the introduction of Azure Data Factory Data Flow. As a business intelligence person with many years experience working with SSIS packages this new feature is very exciting! Since I first saw the mock up … Continue reading What is Azure Data Factory Data Flow?

Preparing My Community Sessions for 2019

Hey friends & SQL family, its been a great year of tech and events so far, but now with several big conferences planning next years agendas its time to think ahead. Below I've prepared titles and abstracts for talks I'd like to deliver to our awesome data platform community in 2019. 5x regular sessions. 2x … Continue reading Preparing My Community Sessions for 2019

Execute All SSIS Packages in Parallel with ADFv2 Lookup and ForEach Activities

Just a quick post friends following a talk I did on Azure Data Factory (ADF) v2 at SQL Saturday Manchester. In the talk I demonstrated using ADF more dynamically now version 2 supports expressions and parameters... Amongst other cool stuff I specifically showed how you could run your SSIS packages, scaled out across all the … Continue reading Execute All SSIS Packages in Parallel with ADFv2 Lookup and ForEach Activities

How To Control the SSIS IR From Your ADFv2 Pipelines – Start/Stop

Hello friends, in this post I want to share with you a couple of methods I've developed for controlling the start up and stop of the Azure Data Factory (ADF) v2 SSIS Integration Runtime (IR) from your pipelines. This requirement came about mainly because of cost... The SSIS IR underneath is simply a cluster of … Continue reading How To Control the SSIS IR From Your ADFv2 Pipelines – Start/Stop

Using the ADFv2 Until Activity

Hello friends, with this post I wanted to give you a quick 'how to' guide when working with the Azure Data Factory (ADF) v2 Until activity... Having implemented the activity several times in production I've repeatedly found the current Microsoft documentation here falling a little short in its explanations and examples. So, I've created my … Continue reading Using the ADFv2 Until Activity

ADFv2 Variable String Interpolation – REST API Body

As we know Azure Data Factory (ADF) Version 2 now has the ability to use expressions, parameters and system variables in various components throughout the service. This is brilliant and the best thing about v2 allowing us to build some very dynamic parameter driven pipelines. However, the syntax isn't always that obvious when you use … Continue reading ADFv2 Variable String Interpolation – REST API Body

Azure Data Factory v2 Developer Interface Launched

Its finally here!! After being teased for nearly 4 months with all the great new functionality available in Azure Data Factory version 2 we finally have the tools to start developing it. Microsoft, it appears, have leap frogged my long standing request and feedback votes to support ADF templates in Visual Studio 2017 and gone … Continue reading Azure Data Factory v2 Developer Interface Launched