PASS Summit 2017 was an awesome conference for Varigence and Biml, both with fun traditions and some exciting firsts.
Wednesday was the first full day of the conference and a huge day for Biml. Things kicked off with Rohan Kumar’s keynote SQL Server 2017 and Azure Data Services – The Ultimate Hybrid Data Platform , during which I was honored to demonstrate the upcoming Biml support for Azure Data Factory.
In just a few minutes, I showed a how a couple hundred lines of Biml code could be used to automatically read an on-premises source schema, generate an Azure Data Factory that loads the source data into an Azure Data Lake, creates SSIS packages that implement logic to scrub address fields (which would then run in the cloud using the Azure SSIS Integration Runtime), and generates PowerShell scripts to deploy it all. This can all be executed from a DevOps automation workflow to rebuild your scrubbed data lake nightly, hourly, or even on a near-realtime basis.
Wednesday afternoon, I was pleased to present BimlCatalog: Your Open Source Runtime and Orchestration Solution for Biml Projects. At Varigence, we have been working on our data warehouse automation product BimlFlex for a few years. An essential part of any automation framework, in addition to design patterns and metadata entry/management tools, is a runtime framework to manage logging, data auditing, restartability, rollback, and more. We have decided to make this runtime framework freely available and open source on GitHub as the BimlCatalog project. In my session, I gave everyone a tour of BimlCatalog capabilities, showed them how to use it in their own projects and demonstrated a few places where they might be able to extend or customize the framework.
Biml over Beers on Thursday night was a great time to reconnect with friends from the Biml community and to provide new Biml users with the opportunity to discuss usage with folks who have already implemented Biml successfully. We had about 50 Biml users over the course of the evening, and I think a good time was had by all.
I was able to spend some time with the Azure Data Factory team to ensure that our support for ADF would be everything you’ve come to expect from Biml. While I was there, Andy Leonard gave a great session Use Biml to Automate SSIS Design Patterns which was targeted at those who are relatively new to Biml and would like to build their own reusable patterns and practices for their data automation projects.
Throughout the week, I was able to meet onsite with a few of our Seattle-based Biml users. Spending time with customers is always a great experience, and these visits didn’t disappoint. Thanks to all of you!
PASS Summit 2017 was a great conference, and I’m very much looking forward to next year.