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.

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

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