Jason Russell

About Jason Russell

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed writing. It started with short stories and grew into articles and opinion pieces in the school newspaper. This passion for communicating clearly and well—and, when warranted, with some flair—lead to a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Brigham Young University in 1996. After two years in Mexico, Mo. as the Director of Information and Publications at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo., (exactly two hours from Busch Stadium) I joined the public relations team at Morinda, Inc. Since that time, I’ve been more involved in marketing communications, helping to shape and share the messages of Nu Skin Enterprises, Max International and most recently SAVI Health, to name a few. In 2007, I completed an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Don’t fall in love with features you won’t use

As 2009 dawned, I was shopping for a new (read: used) car. The one I drove most of the time was, at this point, 14 years old.

I was focused on one brand and one model, but I was soon entranced by a different model from that brand—in fact, it was the top of the line. […]

By |October 1st, 2019|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Google’s Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server

In late July, Google announced the alpha release of Cloud SQL for Microsoft SQL Server and positioned it as a way for enterprises to “experience fully managed SQL Server with built-in high availability and backup capability” in the cloud.
The specs Google outlined for Cloud SQL are nothing to sneeze at:

Up to 30 TB of storage
Up […]

By |September 26th, 2019|SQL Group|0 Comments

The best SQL conference of your life

You’re registered for the next SQL conference or event and are excited about expanding your SQL knowledge and skills and connecting with peers. But, even though attending is your idea (i.e., “the boss” isn’t making you go), you’re wondering how to get maximum benefit from attending—what sessions to hit, which to miss, who to network […]

By |July 10th, 2019|SQL Group|0 Comments

Trust: A Business Essential

An unexpected conversation recently led to a concept that my mind kept going back to: business moves at the speed of trust. Turns out that’s not a very original idea—The Speed of Trust is the name of a book by Stephen M.R. Covey.

Regardless of who came up with the idea, trust is obviously essential in […]

By |December 11th, 2015|SQL Group|0 Comments

PowerShell: Another Reason to Continually Grow Your Skills?

“Major Changes Coming from Microsoft Will Impact Your Career.” That was the headline from an article we encountered on Facebook recently.

Turns out one of the changes makes PowerShell rather important: Windows Server 2016 Nano Server won’t support video connections or have a GUI. In the words of Don Jones, Pluralsight Curriculum Director, “It’s PowerShell or […]

By |November 17th, 2015|SQL Group|0 Comments

Using an Accidental DBA? We can help

“The Accidental DBA.” That almost sounds like the name of a movie. In our experience, if it were a movie, “The Accidental DBA” would probably be a horror flick.
That’s because, too often, people with some sort of technical background are asked to take on DBA responsibilities without having a DBA skill set. It’s kinda like […]

By |October 16th, 2015|SQL Group|0 Comments

SQL Solutions Group Marks 5th Anniversary with SQL FreeCon

Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 7, 2015 — To mark five years in business helping companies across the United States with their SQL Server needs, SQL Solutions Group will host a day of free SQL training Tuesday, Oct. 27, in Seattle.

This SSG “FreeCon” is scheduled to coincide with the 2015 PASS Summit, and will feature four […]

By |October 7th, 2015|News|0 Comments

Orbit Irrigation: “I feel 100% confident when working with SSG that they will resolve any issue we face.”

The case study below was submitted by Bryan Evans, Application Development Manager at Orbit Irrigation

Brief description of Orbit and SQL Server usage environment: Orbit is the world leader in manufacturing and supplying irrigation, misting, and home improvement products to homeowners in forty countries across five continents. We use SQL for business-critical applications and reporting.

Why did […]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Case Studies|0 Comments

Northwestern Management: “We haven’t had any other issues with performance, which translates into revenue”

The case study below was submitted by Alexandr Anaya, IT Director at Northwestern Management 

Description of Northwestern Management (NWM) and SQL Server usage environment:
We are a Dental Service Organization with 33 dental practices in South/Central Florida plus a corporate office.  We use SQL Server as the backbone of our Practice Management System.

Why did NWM choose SQL […]

By |June 3rd, 2015|Case Studies|0 Comments

Fight The Weeds

Spring time means tuning up the lawn mower, digging out the pruning shears, and testing the sprinklers (at least in Utah, where we can’t rely on Mother Nature to water our yards).

I take a certain amount of pride in having a great-looking lawn, and achieving that without using one of those lawn care companies. As […]

By |May 7th, 2015|SQL Group|0 Comments