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.

2014 Iron Man: Randy Knight

Randy Knight, MCM and founder & president of SSG, has been a frequent participant at SQL happenings, primarily SQLSaturday events.

But what Randy did earlier this year was strong work: He spoke at nine straight SQLSaturday events and then followed that up with an appearance at the 2014 PASS Summit.

With a performance like that, Randy has earned […]

By |December 22nd, 2014|SQL Group|1 Comment

A new MVP on the team: TJay Belt recognized by Microsoft

Last week we recognized Jason Brimhall for being named a SQL Server MVP. This week, it’s TJay Belt’s turn. TJay is the third SSG consultant we would like to recognize for his achievement of this honor.

To reiterate our sentiment from last week,  when a consultant is busy with community ventures, there is seldom any recognition for […]

By |October 8th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

Above and Beyond: Jason Brimhall named SQL Server MVP

Here at SQL Solutions Group we strive for excellence with our consultants. We also encourage our consultants to be mindful and involved of the SQL Community. It is important to us that we have individuals striving to help within the community in whatever capacity is possible to them. For some of our consultants this means […]

By |October 1st, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

The Strategic Role of the DBA

I’m the non-technical marketing guy at SSG. In order to help the team actually market our services, I’ve had to educate myself a little…okay, a lot. I’m learning about MCMs, the utility of scripts, and where to find a SQL Saturday event anywhere in the world.

I’m also getting familiar with industry trends. Along the way […]

By |August 19th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

BROWZ: “We haven’t seen anyone else provide the level of consistent expertise SSG does”


By |July 30th, 2014|Case Studies, SQL Group|0 Comments

The DBA is Resurrected

Do a Google search for “the DBA” and one of the top auto-fill results will be “…is dead.” In recent months there has been a flurry of articles on the idea. If enough people blog about a subject, does that make it true?

We don’t think so.

This is the digital age and data is the coin of […]

By |July 22nd, 2014|SQL Group|2 Comments

SQLSaturday and SSG

A quick glance at our Events page shows that SQL Solutions Group is committed to supporting PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) events, including regular involvement with SQLSaturdays around North America. We love these chances to meet, learn from, and interact with our industry colleagues.

For those of our team who frequently speak at SQLSaturday events […]

By |July 8th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

Forrester on Benefits of Outsourcing Database Administration

A new report from Forrester Research, Inc., “Outsourcing Database Administration Saves Money, Improves IT Productivity” concludes that moving the DBA function to a third-party provider is the way to go for almost all businesses.

Forrester states the problem thus:
Although DBMS technology has improved in automation over the years, provisioning and administering databases for application development remains […]

By |June 26th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

SQL Solutions Group Sponsors Sacramento SQLSaturday Event

Lehi, UT, June 26, 2014 — SQL Solutions Group, a full-service database consultancy in Utah, is co-sponsoring the PASS SQLSaturday event in Sacramento, Calif., on July 12, and four of its database consultants will be presenting at the event.

Under the auspices of PASS, the Professional Association for SQL Server, groups around the world organize SQLSaturday […]

By |June 26th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments

What is a Microsoft Certified Master?

SQL Solutions Group is proud to have four Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM) on the team—founder Randy Knight, Jason Brimhall, Ben Miller, and Wayne Sheffield.

As the total number of MCMs in SQL Server in the United States is only 81 (plus 10 Microsoft Certified Architects, a higher certification), SSG can claim to have 5% of the […]

By |June 19th, 2014|SQL Group|0 Comments