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Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell is a business intelligence consultant, author, trainer, and SQL Server MVP with over a decade of experience. Tim is the principal of Tyleris Data Solutions and is a Linchpin People teammate. Tim has spoken at international, regional, and local venues including the SQL PASS Summit, SQLBits, SQL Connections, SQL Saturday events, and various user groups and webcasts. He is a board member at the North Texas SQL Server User Group in the Dallas area. Tim is coauthor of the book SSIS Design Patterns, and is a contributing author on MVP Deep Dives 2. You can visit his website and blog at TimMitchell.net or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/Tim_Mitchell.

Archives: December 2008

When Data Mining Goes Too Far

Data mining is commonly used to find otherwise undetectable patterns in related sets of data.  However, sometimes these patterns provide absolutely useless information.  This story on FoxNews.com explains a recent correlation between teens who skip breakfast and those that lose their virginity earlier in life.  Interesting information, yes, but what… Read more

0 comments, 653 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 26 December 2008

SQL Quiz: Two Mistakes

I was tagged by Gail Shaw to post two big mistakes made during my professional career.  The only challenge here was to narrow the list down to two :)

The first one is very easy.  During my early days working with SQL Server, I wore a lot of hats, including… Read more

2 comments, 328 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 18 December 2008

SQL Server 2005 SP3

… has arrived: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ae7387c3-348c-4faa-8ae5-949fdfbe59c4&displaylang=en

It’s obviously hot off the presses because the “What’s New document” is 404. Read more

4 comments, 214 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 15 December 2008

SQL Quiz Part 2: Career Challenges

I’ve read a number of responses from Chris Shaw’s first DBA networking quiz.  I missed out on the first one, but I have been tagged by Grant Fritchey for the second round.

The Questions for this quiz…
What are the largest challenges that you have faced in your career…
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4 comments, 454 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 10 December 2008

A skinnier SQL Server Magazine

I could have sworn that my SQL Server Magazine seemed much smaller this month.  When I pulled out last’s months magazine to compare, the December issue is 8 pages shorter (48 versus this month’s 40). In fact, I found where Lee Everest confirmed that the magazine averaged 80 pages only… Read more

5 comments, 543 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 7 December 2008

[Off Topic] I’ve caved to peer pressure…

… and joined Twitter.  I’m only doing it ‘cuz everybody else is doing it.  With all the other social networking tools out there I don’t see what sets Twitter apart as The Next Big Thing, but I’ll give it an honest try.  There was apparently a lot of PASS-related traffic… Read more

0 comments, 208 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 2 December 2008

The Next Generation DBA

DBA, database developer, analyst, SQL grunt, or whatever your title may be, there is no question that your role will be evolving in the next few years.

I read a couple of posts from Jason Massie about the Death of the DBA (part 1 and part 2) earlier… Read more

0 comments, 423 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 2 December 2008

[Off Topic] Web host is down

For my colleagues and friend who visit my websites (www.bucketofbits.com, www.tyleris.com, www.timmitchell.net), I just discovered that my web host has gone offline.  In truth, it appears that they have gone completely belly-up – their own corporate website is down, and the sales and support phone numbers… Read more

3 comments, 274 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 1 December 2008