Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA) 

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    The next SPARTA meeting will be held at SAS Institute on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

      Please note the meeting location change for the December SPARTA meeting.

Date:         Tuesday,  December 4, 2018

        Location:   SAS Institute - SAS F101 (Building F Auditorium)
                           SAS security requires information about people entering their campus.
                           See required registration below.
        Time:         Dinner @ 6:15PM, Business meeting @7:00 PM
        Topic:        Software Pricing

Frank Kyne works for Watson & Walker as the Editor of Cheryl Watson’s Tuning Letter, technical consultant, official company
                           chauffeur, and Cheryl’s roadie. Prior to joining Watson & Walker, Frank was a project leader in the IBM Redbooks organization,
                           responsible for Redbooks on Parallel Sysplex, high availability, and performance.

        Abstract:   Software Pricing –- The New Frontier in System Tuning
                           We (mainframers) have years of experience with addressing poor application response times (break down the response time,
                           find the largest component, and address with faster I/O, more buffers, eliminate paging, etc) or batch job turnaround delays
                           (Analyze submit-to-completion times, find the largest component, and address with initiator tuning, I/O reduction, service class
                           adjustments, etc). So why not view software pricing through the same lens? The metric is dollars rather than seconds, but the
                           approach is similar - Analyze your bill to identify its constituent parts, eliminate waste (no longer used products), then focus on
                           reducing the peak MSUs or the cost of those MSUs – the toolkit is the same, except that you now have even more tools
                           (software pricing options) to address your problem. 

Click here to register for December SPARTA meeting
Items Requested: First Name, Last Name, Company, Job Title, Citizenship Country, email address
(Important: If you are not on this list, SAS security will not let you enter).
Please register by Tuesday, Nov 27 so we have a week to get the list to SAS security.


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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. 


October 30, 2018
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 Labor Day 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) 
Durham, NC

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

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

Bit Bucket x’36’ presentation from SHARE 129

Bit Bucket x’37’ presentation from SHARE 130

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





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




August 2017 SPARTA newsletter

September 2017 SPARTA newsletter

October 2017 SPARTA newsletter

November 2017 SPARTA newsletter

December 2017 SPARTA newsletter

February 2018 SPARTA newsletter

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May 2018 SPARTA newsletter

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November 2018 SPARTA newsletter

December 2018 SPARTA newsletter