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You Should Use Biml

Meagan Longoria explains why you should use Biml if you’re building Integration Services packages:

Biml provides a way automate SSIS design patterns. This reduces the time required to complete a data integration project, and it helps employ consistent design patterns within and across projects. Re-generating multiple packages after making a change to a design pattern takes just a few minutes, so small changes to several similar packages are no longer a significant effort.

Automating SSIS design patterns allows teams to work more efficiently. Senior developers can stop solving the same problems over and over again. Instead, they can solve them once, automate the solution, and move on to new and interesting challenges. Junior developers still learn good development practices with Biml, but they require less supervision to create quality output in a shorter amount of time. SSIS developers that prefer typing code over the drag-and-drop interface of SQL Server Data Tools now get a better way to work in addition to the automation capabilities.

If there’s one piece of advice I can give ETL developers, it’s “learn Biml.”