Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA) 

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    The next SPARTA Meeting will be on February 6, 2018
Date:         Tuesday,  February 6, 2018
        Time:         Dinner @ 6:15PM,  Business meeting @7:00 PM
The Proxy Coupling Technology Solution
Ron Hilton, CEO of Proximal Systems Corporation

        Abstract:   The Proxy Coupling Technology solution offloads CPU resources to lower-cost hardware and software, reducing your
                           Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by up to 80% with no loss in Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS) and
                           extending the value of the z System Mainframe for your business. PSI is a z/OS emulator and hardware Z product.


SPARTA Corporate Sponsors:


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DTS Software is proud to support the SPARTA Systems Programmer Association of North Carolina.
DTS specializes in storage tools and solutions developed for the IBM z/OS, Hitachi VOS3, and Fujitsu MSP operating systems.
We provide an integrated suite of products help you to monitor, manage and control your storage subsystems.


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   Since 1990, companies around the globe have trusted Rocket mainframe solutions to help simplify
payroll processing, speed healthcare diagnoses, and manage banking and billing transactions, mutual fund deposits,
flight reservations, and more.  We've been committed to the IBM® z Systems® mainframe platform from day one,
developing and building tools to help organizations get more out of their mainframe investments

SDS (Software Diversified Services) was founded in 1982 and now supports over 25 z/OS, MVS, VSE, and VM
mainframe systems products that focus on security, encryption, data compression, performance monitoring,
report distribution, and client-server applications.  SDS also develops, supports, and distributes E-Business Server
for data encryption and authentication on z/OS, Linux, Unix, and Windows platforms.  SDS designs, develops
software tools and partners with subject matter expert companies where appropriate with complementary tools for
our solution portfolio.

Technical support works hand in hand with development at headquarters in Minneapolis, MN, to deliver customer
satisfaction and product value. SDS is noted for having the highest quality software and award-winning, expert service.

SDS retains more than 1,000 clients worldwide, including many Global 500 companies in banking, finance, insurance,
and retail, as well as local, state, and national governments. 


December 28, 2017
Email: webmaster@SPARTANC.ORG


We generally meet the first Tuesday of each month except in January. There is no meeting in January. 
See Meeting Dates section below for dates of the meetings.  Refreshments are provided as part of the meeting.


Meeting Times:

6:15 Refreshments
7:00 Meeting begins
Meetings generally last 1˝ to 2 hours

Meeting Dates:

Jan 2, 2018          No Meeting
Feb 6, 2018        
Mar 6, 2018      
Apr 3, 2018       
May 1, 2018
June 5, 2018
July 10, 2018     (changed because of July 4 holiday in previous week)
Aug 7, 2018
Sept 11, 2018     (changed because of Memorial holiday in previous week)
Oct 2, 2018
Nov 6, 2018
Dec 4, 2018



Directions to the SPARTA meeting


The meeting location will be LabCorp in RTP:

The monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park. Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn left to the CMBP Building. In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.






Randy Springs - President
Branch Banking & Trust Co.
3200 Beechleaf Court
Raleigh, NC 27604-1085

Ron Pimblett - Vice President
MDI DataSystems
190 Guelph Private
Kanata, ON K2T 0J7
613 599 6970

Chris Blackshire -  Secretary
Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn
Durham, NC 27713

Pamela Tant - Treasurer
DTS Software, Inc.
4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue
Suite 230
Raleigh, NC 27609
919-833-8426 x124

Ed Webb - Communications Director
SAS Institute
SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27512
919-677-8000 x4162




Our History

SPARTA stands for Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area. We were formed in 1989 as an independent volunteer-run information technology association that provides education and professional networking. We were started as a way to keep mainframe support people educated as most employers were not supporting their mainframe support staff's skill sets. This group is our way to keep current with IBM hardware, mainframe software, and all general knowledge of large server associated skills. 

Our Mission

SPARTA meets the first Tuesday of each month except January. This years meeting schedule and speakers can be found on this web site. We meet from about 6:15 PM until about 9:00 PM. We publish a monthly newsletter of which the last 11 issues are on this website.

Our Vision

Our goal is to provide a mainframe related, valuable, and technical presentation each month from industry professionals.
We hope you will join the group and find the information shared invaluable to your job growth.




Mobile to Mainframe DevOps for Dummies by Rosalind Radcliffe of IBM

Bit Bucket x’35’ presentation from SHARE 128

Meeting on February 7, 2017 -  DevOPS and the Mainframe

Meeting on March 7, 2017 - DTS iPhone/iPad App

Meeting on May 2, 2017 – Rocket Software Data Virtualization

Meeting on June 6, 2017 - RACF Essentials for System Programmers

Meeting on July 11, 2017 - NC Department of IT Overview

Meeting on August 1, 2017 - Achieving CPU and MLC Savings through Optimizing Processor Cach

Meeting on October 3, 2017 - Dell EMC Disk Library for mainframe (DLm)

Meeting on November 7, 2017 - Linux on IBM LinuxONE and IBM Z Capacity and Solution Planning

Meeting on December 5, 2017 - Securing Mainframe Data

Meeting on February 6, 2018 - Proxy Coupling Technology








IBM eserver zSeries

CBT Tape Home Page - MVS and OS/390 Freeware

NaSPA home page

SHARE home page

Software Diversified Services provides links to several mainframe publications.

Software Diversified Services VFTP-SSH Collaboration Archives




February 2017
SPARTA newsletter

March 2017
SPARTA newsletter

April 2017
SPARTA newsletter

May 2017 SPARTA newsletter

June 2017 SPARTA newsletter

July 2017 SPARTA newsletter

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October 2017 SPARTA newsletter

November 2017 SPARTA newsletter

December 2017 SPARTA newsletter

February 2018 SPARTA newsletter