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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 or follow him on Twitter at

Archives: February 2010

User Group Leaders: Who Are Your Members?

At the MVP Summit last week, I was talking with fellow Dallas-area tweep Sean McCown about our local SQL Server user group membership.  I think our group is unique because of its sheer size; we typically have between 70 and 90 people at our monthly meetings, with a mailing list… Read more

3 comments, 720 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 26 February 2010

Editorial - “Dude, Your Fly Is Open”

In case you don’t subscribe to the SQL Server Central daily newsletter, check out the editorial I wrote entitled “Dude, Your Fly Is Open”, a lighthearted look at when and how to point out the mistakes of others.  You can find it here: Read more

0 comments, 248 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 25 February 2010

The PASS Acquisition of SQL Saturday

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the SQL Saturday franchise was voluntarily transferred to PASS .  This change of ownership could be a good thing for SQL Saturday, but I do have some questions and concerns.

Let me say for starters that the SQL Saturday franchise is… Read more

3 comments, 440 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 15 February 2010

A New Season (A Networking Success Story)

I’d like to share a networking success story.  Last year, I blogged about my experience at the PASS Summit of 2005, where I was essentially a wallflower and didn’t really do any networking.  Since then, I’ve realized its importance and have embraced professional networking as a key component in… Read more

10 comments, 555 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 5 February 2010

SSIS Alpha Splits using the CODEPOINT() Function

A relatively common requirement in ETL processing is to break records into disparate outputs based on an alphabetical split on a range of letters.  A practical example of this would be a work queue for collections staff based on last name; records would be pulled from a common source and… Read more

16 comments, 1,729 reads

Posted in Tim Mitchell on 4 February 2010