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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: July 2009

Why Make Up Test Data? Snag Some Government Data

… and by government data, I mean the mountain of data recently made available by the G-Men on Data.gov.  This site contains what must be terabytes of data on every topic from environmental measurements to crime statistics, from geographical data to labor statistics.  The Obama administration has committed to greater… Read more

3 comments, 366 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 28 July 2009

Social Networking in the SQL Server Community

Like many SQL Server (and other technology) people, I utilize several social networking vehicles to stay in touch with others in the SQL community.  Some of those who don’t use Facebook and Twitter (among others) have expressed skepticism of the real value of social networking.  Does it work? Does it… Read more

6 comments, 652 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 20 July 2009

SQL Saturday Dallas

We are in the early stages of planning a SQL Saturday event in the Dallas area for January or February of next year.  If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending before, SQL Saturday is a day of free training on SQL Server and related technologies.  The SQL Saturday events… Read more

3 comments, 554 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 19 July 2009

Being The Best vs. Being Affordable

I read a post on Brent Ozar’s blog last week that discussed employers’ expectations when hiring new team members.  Though the story was specific to database professionals, the same principles apply to almost any hiring situation.  The moral of Brent’s story is that when hiring, just like in real life,… Read more

9 comments, 188 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 13 July 2009

The Netbook

I like my main laptop.  It’s big and wide and bright, with lots of power and all of the bells and whistles.  Still, it’s inconvenient to carry, it takes a while to boot up all of the software I’m running, and the battery life sucks is less than I’d hoped… Read more

5 comments, 470 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 11 July 2009

Presenting at SQL Saturday Baton Rouge

I'll be presenting two sessions at the SQL Saturday event in Baton Rouge on August 1.  I'll be presenting a Beyond the Basics session on SSIS, to cover some intermediate controls such as For Each loops, Filesystem Tasks, Lookup Transformations, and Conditional Splits.  I'll also deliver my popular SSIS Scripting… Read more

2 comments, 145 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 6 July 2009

Transaction Rollbacks with Identity Values

Have you ever noticed unexpected gaps in sequences in IDENTITY columns?  Even though you’ve got transactions set up for your inserts and a no-deletion policy, you find that there are missing values in what should be an unbroken sequence of numbers.  The problem could be partially related to transaction… Read more

8 comments, 3,259 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 1 July 2009