Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA

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    The next SPARTA Meeting will be on July 11, 2017
Date:          Tuesday,  July 11, 2017
        Time:         Dinner @ 6:15PM,  Business meeting @7:00 PM
        Topic:         Status of NC IT
        Speaker:    Jon Minshew.  Jon serves as Director of Service Operations in the Service Delivery division of the North Carolina
                           Department of Information Technology.

        Abstract:   In his role, Jon oversees all DIT services Tier 1 and Tier 2 operations including the Service Desk, the newly implemented
                           Incident Management Center (IMC), the Network Operation Center (NOC), and the Business Relationship Managers (BRMs). 
                           All of these teams work closely together to ensure every service’s customer support needs are met.  As aligned with the ITIL
                           framework, the Service Desk is the entry point for the State’s customers, while the BRMs serve as the customer interface.
                           Jon has more than 22 years of experience working in IT solutions, and ha’s been with the State of North Carolina for 25 years.
                           Mainframe is included within the DIT services group. Jon plans to talk about the Department as a whole, the Eastern and
                           Western NC data centers, the current state of the State's mainframe, as well as the future state of the mainframe.

        Due to the potential number of attendees, we need to count the registrations ASAP as the number of attendees may change the meeting location.
        Please go to the following link and sign up and we will confirm with the location and directions in a future email notice. 
        Please know that your information is confidential.

To register for the July SPARTA meeting  click here


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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June 18, 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:

February 7, 2017 
March 7, 2017
April 4, 2017
May 2, 2017
June 6, 2017
July 11, 2017 (changed because of the July 4 holiday)
August 1, 2017
September 5, 2017
October 3, 2017
November 7, 2017
December 5, 2017



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


Software Diversified Services provides links to several mainframe publications.
Current issues of Technical Support Magazine are available at the NaSPA home page

DevOPS and the Mainframe from the February 7th 2017 SPARTA meeting

Mobile to Mainframe DevOps for Dummies by Rosalind Radcliffe of IBM

DTS iPhone/iPad App from the March 7th 2016 SPARTA meeting

Bit Bucket x’35’ presentation from SHARE 128

RACF Essentials for System Programmers from the June 6, 2017 SPARTA meeting


IBM eserver zSeries
CBT Tape Home Page - MVS and OS/390 Freeware
NaSPA home page
SHARE home page



June 2016 SPARTA newsletter
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