Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA

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    The next SPARTA Meeting will be at LabCorp in RTP
   Date:         Tuesday, May 2, 2017
         Time:         Dinner @ 6:15PM,  Business meeting @7:00 PM
The API Revolution on z Systems: Combining mainframe RESTful Services and data virtualization to accelerate digital transformation
Gregg Willhoit, Chief Technologist, Rocket Software

         Abstract:   A revolution is underway in z Systems where APIs are now enabling proven applications and data to seamlessly participant,  and even
         drive the digital transformation of business.  Real-time data virtualization in conjunction with agile RESTful services have come together to underpin
         new API connectivity.  In this session we will learn how IBM z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition is being enhanced with real-time data virtualization
         from Rocket Software to enable mainframe customers to accelerate mobile, hybrid cloud and Internet of Things development. This session will provide
         the background and a demonstration on the art of the possible with this powerful solution. It's never been easier to transform your business insights into
         revenue opportunities by exploiting the data and applications that have been developed over many years.


         About Gregg Willhoit, Chief Technologist, Rocket Software

        Gregg Willhoit is the Chief Technologist for Rocket Software’s Data Lab where he provides technical leadership for their z/OS data integration products.
        He has architected and developed a wide variety of commercially successful software products, and is the co-developer of the Rocket Data Virtualization
        and decades of experience with enterprise data integration products, which enable relational and non-relational mainframe data to better integrate with
        business analytics while significantly reducing costs and complexity





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March 22, 2017
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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 ½ 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
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3200 Beechleaf Court
Raleigh, NC 27604-1085

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

Mike Lockey - Secretary
Guilford County

201 N. Eugene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401


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

IBM z13 presentation from the SPARTA February 2015 meeting

IBM Service Management Suite for z/OS from the SPARTA May 2015 Meeting

IBM WAVE presentation from the October 4th 2016 SPARTA meeting

ISPF Hidden Treasures and New Features from the November 1st 2016 SPARTA meeting

The New Face of z/OS Communications Server from the December 6th 2016 SPARTA meeting

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


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



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