Fine Tune Your SQL Skills in 2 Days

Join Pragmatic Works as we tour the country with our live two-day sessions on SSIS, SSRS & Performance Tuning.  We target major cities providing affordable SQL training courses sure to be near your local home base. 

Microsoft SQL industry experts delivering quality training. 

Hone Your SQL Expertise

Remote SQL Server, SharePoint and Performance Tuning training classes saving you time and money.  We offer morning and afternoon sessions providing less time away from work at a fraction of the cost.   


Increase BI Knowledge in 1 Week

The Pragmatic Works BI Quick Start provides hands on labs teaching you how to build a fully functional prototype data warehouse using SQL Server. We train you on the complete Microsoft BI Platform: SSIS, SSAS, SSRS, and SharePoint BI in 5 days. Our  Business Intelligence courses are taught in major cities throughout the United States.


Master SSIS Workshop
I have taken probably 50 training classes in my career and this one was, by far, the best one I've taken. Perfect match for what I was looking for. Great job!

- Peter Tassmer, ConnectiCare

Performance Tuning Workshop
If you have the time and money, please take the workshop. You might even learn something like this old IT guy did.

-John F Miner III, Senior SQL Developer at Total Quality Management
Performance Tuning Workshop
Thank you guys so much for coming to Denver. That was the best DBA class I have taken. I really hope you're coming back next year to talk 2014!

- Michael Husler, NOAA Federal

Performance Tuning Workshop
Class was overflowing with value delivered by extremely competent professionals and instructors and I have walked away truly enriched by it.

- Zoran Cvijetic
Sr. SQL Server DBA /
Database Systems Architect
20th Century Fox
Virtual Training

"The best providers of high quality Microsoft BI related virtual and on-site classes. Their assistance during class, hands-on approach as well as post-class help made for a great experience"

Cosmin Ioan
Sr. Data Architect at Acquinity Interactive

Virtual Training
If you have become or expect to become responsible for SQL Server Analysis Services in your shop you owe it to yourself to take this course.

Bryant Byrd,
Sr. BI Systems Analyst
Eastman Chemical Company

Virtual Training

"This is the class that got me going on SSRS. The format: a unique combination of an online class where you still could interact personally with the instructor. The class content: Starting from scratch so everyone can keep up. The instructor: I have also taken other Pragmatics webcasts and these people are specialized in BI"

-Philip Leduc

Virtual Training

"I'm impressed by the number of examples involved in the training, the affordability of the class, and more than anything, the fact that I can keep a video recording of the training after it's over. Pragmatic Works is the first place I look to and recommend for SQL training. "

Jason Hurley

Pragmatic SSIS (Online)

Duration: 4 Half Days
Location: Online
  • SSIS Features In-depth
  • Making your Package Dynamic
  • Data Warehousing
  • Deployment and Administration
NEW IN 2013: Now includes Virtual Mentor time!

Training Course Sections

Instructor Date/Time Cost Registration Link

Training Course Overview

A four half day class designed to help you understand all aspects of SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), the ETL tool of choice for SQL Server users. We will use a variety of lab exercises and small projects to ensure you gain familiarity in how the design and execution environments work and be prepared to build your own real world applications using this SQL Server application. Students will learn how to use SSIS in the real-world. With the hands-on labs, you will learn how to create a SSIS package to load a database. You’ll also learn how to make the package dynamic to where it will work and self-heal in the event of a failure. This course gives detailed and extensive demos on how to use SSIS in your environment.

IMPORTANT: When you purchase a seat in this class you also receive 2 hours of our BI Virtual Mentor service for assistance with YOUR project work. This remote service lets you work ONE on ONE with our BI mentors to accelerate YOUR project and further improve YOUR skills. Your Virtual Mentor hours can be used during business hours anytime during the 12 months following your class. To set up a session, download this simple questionaire, fill it out, and send it as an attachment to This unique Pragmatic Works offering insures that your training will translate into real world success for YOUR projects.

Training Course Prerequisites

The target audiences of this class are developers, architects or IT professionals who have basic SQL skills. This class assumes that you have no previous knowledge of SSIS. In some of the scripting chapters, it is useful (but not mandatory) that the student has some basic VB experience. You will need to know how to run a query inside of SQL Server.

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1
  • 1 GHz or faster CPU
  • 1 GB of available RAM (recommended 2 GB)
  • 20 GB of free hard drive space
  • SQL Server 2005/2008/2008R2/2012 with the client tools.
  • AdventureWorks 2008 or 2012 and AdventureWorksDW 2008 or 2012 databases installed on the instance from

Terms & Conditions

Class Recordings

A class recording will be available via the web for a limited time for students who missed a session. Recordings are copyright protected and may not be distributed to others.

One Student Per Seat

We limit the number of students in each class to maintain a proper student to instructor ratio. Each purchased seat in a Virtual Training class is for use by one student only.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

Students must provide at least 14 days’ notice to reschedule or withdraw from a class. In the case of withdrawal a credit will be issued for another Virtual Training class of similar value. Cancellation/reschedule with less than 14 days’ notice is subject to a fee of 100% of the total price.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class up to 2 weeks prior to the start date. Any students in a cancelled or rescheduled class have the option of a refund or credit to be used for another Virtual Training class of similar value.

Training Course Outline

Day 1 - SSIS Features In-depth

  1. Intro to SSDT and the Control Flow
    • SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) Intro
    • Connection Managers
    • Precedence Constraints
    • Common Tasks
  2. Loading with the Data Flow
    • Common Sources
    • Common Transforms
    • Common Destinations
  3. Using Containers
    • Grouping
    • Sequence
    • For Loop
    • For Each Loop

Day 2 - Making your Package Dynamic

  1. Parameters, Expressions, and Variables
    • Using Project and Package Parameters
    • The expression language in SSIS
    • Parameterized Connections
    • Using Parameters, variables, and expressions to make a package dynamic
  2. Troubleshooting SSIS
    • Diagnosing a package error
    • Viewing Data in flight
    • Creating Breakpoints
  3. The Script Task and Transform
    • Handling Script Variables
    • Script Tasks in the Control Flow
    • Script Transforms in the Data Flow

Day 3 - Data Warehousing

  1. Loading a Dimension
    • Data Warehouse Modeling
    • Loading a dimension
  2. Loading a Fact Table
    • Loading a fact table
    • Tactics for quickly loading fact tables
  3. Configuring SSIS Packages with Configuration Files
    • Using configuration files to externalize configurations
    • Using tables to externalize configurations

Day 4 - Deployment and Administration

  1. Deploying SSIS
    • Package vs. Project Deployment
    • SSIS Catalog
    • SSISDB
    • Versioning
    • Security in SSIS
    • Scheduling a package
  2. SSIS Server Executions
    • Using the SSIS Catalog GUI
    • Using the SSIS Catalog GUI
    • Using T-SQL with SSIS
    • Altering Parameters with T-SQL
    • Setting Environments
  3. Event Handling and Logging in SSIS
    • Event Handlers
    • Logging
    • SSIS Reports
    • Data Taps

Topics that will be covered if there is time

  • Checkpoints and Transactions
  • Migration from SQL Server 2000 DTS to SSIS
  • Advanced Transforms
  • Command line utilities and PowerShell
  • DQS

Common Questions

  • Will I be able to ask the instructor a question? Of course! You are encouraged to participate in the class by asking questions and sharing your own case studies.
  • How large is each class? Each class has a maximum capacity of 20-24 seats each month, they do fill up quickly.
  • How would I receive individual attention? During the class, the conference line opens 30 minutes prior to the class to answer individual questions. If you still need more help, individual sessions can be scheduled during the week of the class for class-related questions.
  • How much time is required of me to take this class? Each class is 4 hours a day so you’ll still have time to answer your emails or go to a meeting or two. To get the most out of the class, it’s extremely important to do the class labs so you can ask questions if you have problems.
  • What if I miss a class? Each class is recorded and posted 24 hours after the class. The recording can be downloaded for up to 30 days after the class.
  • Is the number a toll free number? GoToMeeting supports Voice of IP (VOIP) or a toll number. It is recommended that you have a speaker phone if you dial in, or use a head set for your comfort if you use VOIP. It is also recommended that if you can, have a second monitor so you can participate in a lab on one screen while the web meeting is happening on another.
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