Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA) 

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    The next SPARTA Meeting will be on December 5, 2017
Date:       Tuesday,  December 5, 2017
       Time:        Dinner @ 6:15PM,  Business meeting @7:00 PM
       Topic:       Secure FTP, SIEM z/OS & DB2 Collector Agents, PGP Data Encryption
       Speaker  Deb Hodson, Sales Manager and Dave Ellis, Software Developer from Software Diversified Services
                         (Tim Full, Tech Services Manager will join via WebEx)
   Securing mainframe data is on everyone’s radar nowadays due to costly, high profile breaches. There are many ways
                         to secure mainframe data including encryption or securing the transmission of sensitive, confidential data. In addition,
                         mainframe shops are now routinely required, by auditors and InfoSec teams, to ensure mainframe events and logs are
                         sent to enterprise SIEM (Security Information Event Management) tools.  SDS (Software Diversified Services) will
                         highlight some of their security solutions to help mainframe systems and operations staff gain visibility and insight into
                         possible exposures and to lock down data. This will be an interactive discussion to also gain customer feedback and





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 investment


September 3, 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 12, 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




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








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.




December 2016 SPARTA newsletter

February 2017
SPARTA newsletter

March 2017
SPARTA newsletter

April 2017
SPARTA newsletter

May 2017 SPARTA newsletter

June 2017 SPARTA newsletter

July 2017 SPARTA newsletter

August 2017 SPARTA newsletter

September 2017 SPARTA newsletter

October 2017 SPARTA newsletter

November 2017 SPARTA newsletter

December 2017 SPARTA newsletter