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.

Share a SQL Trick, Get a Treat!

Everyone who shares a SQL Sever or other helpful “technical” trick (i.e., hack/tip/shortcut) as a comment to this post by Saturday, Oct. 31, will receive a SQL Solutions Group reusable cotton face mask and pen (pumpkin orange!). Plus, everyone who participates is eligible for our grand prize: A $50 Amazon gift card. We’ll select one […]

By |October 21st, 2020|SQL Group|13 Comments

Working with Customer Requirements: Is the Customer Always Right?

As SQL Server consultants, we’re always working with customer requirements and tackling diverse database needs, from the mundane to the critical. Clients turn to us for various reasons—maybe they don’t have the personnel, maybe the challenge is beyond their skill—but regardless of the circumstance, without question we have more SQL Server knowledge than they do.
That […]

By |September 17th, 2020|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Six Ways to Prevent Ransomware

Executing a strategy to prevent ransomware can save your firm big bucks, expensive downtime, and a boatload of headaches. How bad can it get?

A report from Coveware shows that the average ransomware payment jumped 104% in the last quarter of 2019—up to $84,116 from $41,198 in the previous quarter. If you’re looking for a silver […]

By |August 25th, 2020|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Fixing SQL Problems: Do you Know too Much?

Here’s a thought-provoking thesis: Too much knowledge can distort your perception, even when fixing SQL problems. I’m not entirely sure I can prove or even adequately elaborate on this idea, but here goes. 

Lessons from Comic Books
In my youth, I was a fairly invested collector of comic books. Even now, there are still three or four […]

By |August 4th, 2020|SQL Group|0 Comments

The times we live in

This is not the kind of blog post I ever expected to write for SQL Solutions Group, because it has nothing to do with technology or business or what we do here at SSG. It has everything to do with who we are as people and how we relate to others. You could say it’s […]

By |June 4th, 2020|SQL Group|0 Comments

Impostorism: It’s (mostly) Okay if You Feel Like a Fraud

I’m a loserI’m a loserAnd I’m not what I appear to be
— John Lennon

As a SQL Server or other IT professional, do you ever feel like you’re doing it with smoke and mirrors? Do you fear you’ll soon be exposed as a pretender? Do you feel like a fraud, merely acting in your role? You’re […]

By |April 14th, 2020|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Why it Matters: CapEx or OpEx for information technology?

IT expenditure decisions are never purely financial, as those who pull the trigger must consider how the purchase, or perhaps delaying the purchase, could impact other departments, from marketing and regulatory to operations and human resources. Once you have made the decision to proceed with an outlay, you then must decide: Capital Expenditure (CapEx) or […]

By |March 12th, 2020|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

Yes, On-premises Infrastructure has a (Bright) Future

With AWS and Azure leading the way, it’s easy to think the future of on-premises infrastructure is grim. Before you say, “we’re migrating to the cloud,” realize on-premises is alive and well, and probably always will be.

To Cloud Or Not To Cloud
When considering cloud vs. local options, one thing becomes quickly clear: There is no […]

By |February 25th, 2020|SQL Group, SQL Server|0 Comments

‘Twas the Day of PASS Summit…

In 2014, we published a SQL-themed “Night before Christmas” blog post that proved highly popular with the SQL community. As an homage to that post five years ago, we present to you this year’s version….

‘Twas the day of PASS Summit, when all through the venue,SQL experts were hungry and grabbing a menu;Sandwiches were made and […]

By |December 23rd, 2019|SQL Group, SQL Server, SQLPASS|0 Comments

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