Next Monday (14th April) brings with it the start of the Microsoft MVP Summit 2008. This is an opportunity for all of the (give or take a few) 4000 MVPs from around the world to travel to Seattle and engage with Microsoft product teams with a view to helping them improve their products. Someone somewhere has deigned that I have the honour of being an MVP bestowed upon me for 2008 and therefore I too shall be boarding a Seattle-bound plane in a couple of days time where I will be spending a lot of time with various folks from the SQL Server Integration Services product team.
As I see it one of the assumed responsibilities of an MVP is to represent the views of the community as well as provide one's own opinions and with that in mind I'd like to invite readers of this blog to leave a comment here answering the questions "What should the SSIS product team be concentrating on for future versions?".
I realise that I'm opening this blog up to swathes of abuse and derision so I would ask that if you have any opinions to proffer then they be constructive, well explained and concentrate on alleviating a particular problem that you have with the product today. For example, my big wish for future versions of SSIS is:
"Other than modularising functionality over multiple packages SSIS doesn't have a very good story around reuse. I would like to see this improved in future versions by giving us the ability to instantiate pre-configured tasks/components in multiple packages."
That's a lot better than saying:
"Please allow more reuse in SSIS"
You get the idea I'm sure. Be realistic as well, "Make it run on LINUX" isn't ever going to happen no matter how much you might want it.
So, let me know what irks you about SSIS today. Logging? Reuse? Design-time experience? Deployment? Multi-developer support? Platform architecture? Metadata support? Better support for beginners? Community engagement? Those are all worthy areas for improvements along with many others - let me know what you think and hopefully there will be a common consensus.
I am obligated to point out that all summit attendees are bound by a non-disclosure agreement so I'm afraid I won't be able to report back on what gets discussed next week. Sorry.