SSIS Integration Woes

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I am not sure if it is me or SSIS, but something is very wrong here. I just spend an ungodly amount of time trying to solve this simple scenario:

  • Source database is Oracle, Destination database is SQL Server
  • A table with large amount of rows
  • The table has a LastModifed field
  • Every few minutes, an SSIS process should wake and grab the latest updates from the table, then update a state table, with the last updated date, for the next run

It is something that should take minutes to handle with code, but even now, I just can't make it happen. The major issue here is very simple, I can't pass parameters to the query. The OLE DB Source won't accept parameters when using Oracle, and when using the DateReader source, it simply has no way to pass input parameters that I can find.

Parameters cannot be extracted from the SQL command. The provider might not help to parse parameter information from the command. In that case, use the "SQL command from variable" access mode, in which the entire SQL command is stored in a variable.


Provider cannot derive parameter information and SetParameterInfo has not been called. (Microsoft OLE DB Provider for Oracle)

I am not an SSIS expert, but I consider myself technically able, and I certainly knows how to search google. No answer on this one. I went and wrote the logic in an Oracle stored procedure, then I faced another interesting issue. There doesn't seem to be a way to call an Oracle SP from SSIS.

SSIS supposed to stand for Integration, and while I wouldn't assume that it would integrate with the DB engine that I wrote last month in 2AM, I don't think that Oracle is such a minor player that integration with it should be so hard.

Please, someone, make my day and show me that I am stupid, because I am very close to throwing the whole thing out and writing it in an envrionment that doesn't force me to jump through hops just to get the simplest things done. (And have much better error reporting, as an aside)