Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA) 

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    The next SPARTA meeting will be held at LabCorp in RTP on Tuesday, October 1, 2019


Date:         Tuesday, October 1, 2019  

        Time:         Dinner @ 6:15PM, Business meeting @ 7:00 PM        

        Topic:         IBM Is Saving Time For A Busy System Programmer
        Speaker:    Marna Walle, CISSP, Senior Technical Staff, z/OS System Installation Software Development at IBM

        Abstract:   There are lot of little functions that have been happening to z/OS over the past several releases to make the z/OS system programmer's
                           life much easier. You probably didn't even know about them, as many of them didn't make headlines or probably Redbooks.
                           If you need them, they could save time for a busy system programmer. The speaker will cover a dozen or so of these z/OS functions.


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. 


Compuware is changing the way developers develop.  Compuware products fit into a unified DevOps toolchain enabling
cross-platform teams to manage mainframe applications, data and operations with one process, one culture and with
leading tools of choice. With a mainstreamed mainframe, the mainframe is just another platform, and any developer
can build, analyze, test, deploy and manage COBOL applications with agility, efficiency and precision.

February 11, 2019
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 8, 2019          No Meeting
Feb 5, 2019
Mar 5, 2019
Apr 2, 2019
May 7, 2019
June 4, 2019
July 9, 2019         (changed because of July 4 holiday in previous week)
Aug 6, 2019
Sept 10, 2019      (changed because of Labor Day holiday in previous week)
Oct 1, 2019
Nov 5, 2019
Dec 3, 2019



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) 
Durham, NC

Randy Springs - (Acting) Treasurer
Branch Banking & Trust Co.
3200 Beechleaf Court
Raleigh, NC 27604-1085

Ed Webb - Communications Director
Retired (SAS Institute)
Apex, NC





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

Bit Bucket x’36’ presentation from SHARE 129

Bit Bucket x’37’ presentation from SHARE 130

Bit Bucket56 x38 SHARE 131 S23506 St Louis Aug 2018

Bit Bucket57 x39 SHARE 132 S23895 Phoenix Mar 2019

Bit Bucket58 x3A SHARE 133 S25752 Pittsburgh Aug 2019

Meeting on February 7, 2017 -  DevOPS and the Mainframe

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

Meeting on April 4, 2017 - SHARE San Jose Conference Highlights

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 September 12, 2017 - SHARE Providence Conference Highlights

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

Meeting on March 6, 2018 - CorreLog's Real-time z/OS and Windows/UNIX-based SIEM

Meeting on April 3, 2018 - SHARE Sacramento Conference Highlights

Meeting on May 1, 2018 - What's New in CICS Transaction Server 5.4

Meeting on June 5, 2018 - SyncSort Mainframe Products Updates

Meeting on July 10, 2018 - CICS and IPCS

Meeting on August 7, 2018 - PerfTechPro’s zAnalytics

Meeting on September 11, 2018 - SHARE St. Louis Conference Highlights

Meeting on October 2, 2018 - Zowe! And Rocket Product Updates

Meeting on November 6, 2018 - Software Sculpting and New Features in IOF

Meeting on December 4, 2018 - Watson & Walker - Software Pricing: The New Frontier in System Tuning

Meeting on February 5, 2019 - Eclipse-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
                                                  Additional Information about Topaz

Meeting on March 5, 2019 - Securing your FTP Transmissions on z/OS

Meeting on April 2, 2019 - SHARE March 2019 notes

Meeting on May 7, 2019 - z/OS API's in Action: Several User Success Stories

Meeting on June 4, 2019 - z/OS Communications Server Network Security Overview

Meeting on August 13, 2019 - Systems Z and x86 for Linux Applications

Meeting on September 10, 2019 - SHARE 2019 Pittsburgh Report






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




September 2018 SPARTA newsletter

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