Tim Brookins is a Distinguished Engineer working in the Microsoft Business Division. He joined Microsoft in 2001 as part of the Great Plains Software acquisition and has over 16 years of experience in the business applications space.
At Great Plains, Brookins had architectural oversight for technology integration into the Dynamics application. He was instrumental in producing the company’s first offering based on Microsoft SQL Server. Brookins also designed the model-driven architecture which enables products from multiple parties to merge seamlessly into a single solution without source code changes. These innovations formed the technical foundation for the successful Great Plains partner ecosystem. In 1997, Brookins was named the first “Technical Fellow” at Great Plains in recognition of his contributions.
Since joining Microsoft, Brookins worked for two years in the Developer Division as part of the Microsoft Visual Studio team researching CLR-based, model-driven business frameworks. Brookins is currently contributing to future Microsoft business solutions, with a focus on advanced customization via model extensibility and managed programming models. He is based at the Microsoft facility in Fargo, N.D. Brookins spends his time interacting with co-workers in Redmond, Wash., and the Microsoft European Development Center in Copenhagen, Denmark as an advocate of distributed development.
Brookins holds bachelor and master of science degrees in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University. He married his wife, Jackie, in 1991, and as parents they now enjoy spending time with their children, Joseph and Daniel.