SSIS, free but not intuitive
June 23, 2022

SSIS, free but not intuitive

Sean Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with SQL Server Integration Services

SQL Server Integration Services is an extremely powerful tool that we're using exclusively for SQL Server inventory and other jobs. While it is very powerful, it's also not exactly intuitive in my opinion. I had not used this before my current job, and it was already setup when I joined. I've had to edit some of those jobs a handful of times and I just have not yet been able to make it 'click' in how it works. I seem to think oppositely of how this was designed (potentially just the jobs I've had to interact with), but almost everything is counter-intuitive.
  • Runs flawlessly after setup properly
  • Powerful, as mentioned
  • Free
  • Confusing operation, even with its gui
  • Requires special install and setup
  • Requires the Visual studio integration services install (separate interface from SSMS)
  • Could be more easily integrated into SSMS, but may also be used for other products that I'm not aware of
  • Without this, we would have to manually update a spreadsheet of our SQL Server inventory
  • We would also have poor alerting; if an instance was down we wouldn't know until it was reported by a user
  • We only have one other person who uses SQL Server Integration Services , he's the expert. It would fall to me without him and I would not enjoy being responsible for it.
I had nothing to do with the choice or install. I assume it was made because it's easy to integrate with our SQL Server environment and free. I'm not sure of any other enterprise level solution that would solve this problem, but I would likely have approached it with traditional scripting. Comparably free, but my own familiarity with trad scripts would be my final deciding factor. Perhaps with some further training on SSIS I would have a different answer.

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I'd give it a 6 because it's very useful functionality that isn't available elsewhere. My preference would be to use python or some other scripting to do the same thing where it makes sense to me, instead of how it forces you to think in a specific way.

GUI is nice and it's very cool to see your project actually running in real time.

SSIS Feature Ratings

Connect to traditional data sources
Connecto to Big Data and NoSQL
Not Rated
Simple transformations
Complex transformations
Not Rated
Data model creation
Not Rated
Metadata management
Not Rated
Business rules and workflow
Not Rated
Not Rated
Testing and debugging
Not Rated
feature 1
Not Rated
Integration with data quality tools
Not Rated
Integration with MDM tools
Not Rated