Systems Programmer Association of the Research Triangle Area (SPARTA) 

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                    The next SPARTA meeting will be held as a virtual meeting on Tuesday, August 13, 2024
Special date due to SHARE conference from August 4-8

   Information about access to our virtual meeting will be sent to our e-mail list by Tuesday, August 13

        Date:         Tuesday, August 13, 2024

        Time:        Virtual meeting @ 3:00 PM   
                           Please start signing on the webinar after 2:30 PM so that the webinar can begin on time

        Topic:        TBA
        Speaker:   TBD

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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Rocket Software empowers organizations to create legendary impact in the world through innovation in legacy technology.
With deep expertise in IBM Z, IBM Power, and embedded database systems and application servers,  Rocket solutions power
tens of thousands of global businesses, solving real problems and making real-world impact. Rocket is a privately held
U.S. corporation headquartered in the Boston area with centers of excellence strategically located in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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 18, 2024


In person meetings are on hold during the CoronaVirus NC rules.

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 when in person:
6:15 Refreshments

7:00 Meeting begins

Meetings generally last 1½ to 2 hours

Meeting Times when held via webinar:

Meetings times are either 3 or 7 PM depending on the speaker availability.
Please start signing on the webinar 30 minutes before the webinar.

Meeting Dates:
Jan 2024 - No Meeting
Feb 6, 2024
Mar 12, 2024    (changed from March 5 as SHARE is March 3-7)
Apr 2, 2024
May 7, 2024
June 4, 2024
July 9, 2024     (July 4 holiday falls in the first meeting week date)
Aug 13, 2024   (changed from August 6 as SHARE is August 4-8)
Sept 10, 2024   (Labor Day holiday is in the first Tuesday meeting week)
Oct 1, 2024
Nov 5, 2024
Dec 3, 2024

Directions to the SPARTA meeting

For the near future, meetings will be via webinar with connect instructions in the monthly meeting emails


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
Retired (Truist)       
Raleigh, NC

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
Retired (Truist)      
Raleigh, NC

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

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Bit Bucket54 x36  SHARE 129 S20844 Providence Aug 2017

Bit Bucket55 x37  SHARE 130 S21788 Sacramento Mar 2018

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

Bit Bucket59 x3B SHARE 134 S26201 Fort Worth Feb 2020

Virtual Bit Bucket SHARE 2020 FTP or SFTP 

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Bit Bucket x3D SHARE 2021 Virtual Summit Hidden Treasures
                            MVSE Introduction
                            Bit Bucket_S.Knutson
                            Bit Bucket_T Conley

Bit Bucket x3E SHARE 2021 Summer Hidden Treasures
                           The Official CBT Dialog (OCD)
Bit Bucket x3F SHARE 2022 Dallas S393

Bit Bucket x40 SHARE 2022 Columbus

Bit Bucket x41 SHARE 2023 Atlanta S140

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

Meeting on October 1, 2019 - Z/OS Little Enhancements: Many Small Potatoes Can Make A Big Meal!

Meeting on November 5, 2019 - Open Source on z/OS

Meeting on February 4, 2020 - Mainframe Batch Maturity Model Presentation

Meeting on March 3, 2020 - SHARE 2020 Fort Worth Report

Meeting on April 7, 2020 - Security Solutions for the Mainframe
                                            Copy of SIEM Events Rel 3.3 export selection landscape
                                            FTP packet trace on Port 21

Meeting on May 5, 2020 - Round Table Discussion (no formal presentation)

Meeting on June 2, 2020 - z/OS Small Enhancements - Edition 2020A

Meeting on July 7, 2020 - OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE

Meeting on August 11, 2020 -
Is a Sub-Capacity CPC the Right Move for You?

Meeting on September 1, 2020 -
z/OS Management Facility User Experience: Workflows and Workflow Editor (Revised Sept. 1, 2020)

Meeting on October 6, 2020 - SHARE 2020 Virtual Conference Report

Meeting on November 3, 2020 - ASG Mainframe Offerings and Data Security

Meeting on December 1, 2020 - BMC Mainframe Services

Meeting on February 2, 2021 - ASG Mainframe Offerings and Data Security

Meeting on March 2, 2021 - Boost the Value You Derive from CICS, Db2, and MQ Data

Meeting on April 6, 2021 - SHARE 2021 Virtual Summit Report
                                            SHARE 2021 Virtual Summit Notes

Meeting on May 4, 2021 -  eventACTION™ z/OS Systems Management

Meeting on June 1, 2021 -  Learn about the latest innovation from NewEra Software, Inc

Meeting on June 29, 2021 -  Live demo of the IOF product

Meeting on August 3, 2021 -  Ensuring Mainframe Data is Safe in a World of Increasing Cyber Attacks

Meeting on August 31, 2021 -  SHARE 2021 Virtual Experience August 2-13, 2021 Notes
                                                  SHARE 2021 August Virtual Experience Report for SPARTA

Meeting on October 5, 2021 -  Offloading The Mainframe Into The Cloud (or "Big Iron" Meets The Cloud)      

Meeting on November 2, 2021 -  IBM Z OMEGAMON Data Provider

Meeting on December 7, 2021 -  PDS, PDSE, GDG, HFS, USS and Other Strange z/OS Animals                                 

Meeting on February 1, 2022 - SMS Storage Groups - Origins, Mysteries, Management

Meeting on March 1, 2022 - ShadowDisk/Z Product Summary

Meeting on April 5, 2022 -
z/OS Integrity Vulnerabilities

Meeting on June 7, 2022 -  SHARE 2022 Dallas Conference March 27-30, 2022 Report for SPARTA                                           
SHARE 2022 Dallas Conference March 27-30, 2022 Notes

Meeting on July 12, 2022 -  IOF New Features, Using REXX, and Some Lesser Known Features Reviewed

Meeting on August 2, 2022 -  Educating the Next Generation of Mainframers

Meeting on September 13, 2022 -  SHARE 2022 Columbus Conference August 21-26, 2022 Report for SPARTA                                           
            SHARE 2022 Columbus Conference August 21-26, 2022 Notes 

Meeting on November 1, 2022 - zAcademy - XCF Path Usage

Meeting on December 6, 2022 - Introducing IBM z/OS Change Tracker for z/OS 2.5

Meeting on February 7, 2023 - A Practical Approach to Zero Trust Architecture

Meeting on April 4, 2023 -  SHARE 2023 Atlanta Conference March 5-8, 2023 Report for SPARTA                                           
           SHARE 2023 Atlanta Conference March 5-8, 2023 Notes  

Meeting on May 2, 2023 -  Mainframes And The Moon

Meeting on June 6, 2023 -  Unlocking Performance Monitoring Data for Analytics via Improved Observability

Meeting on July 11, 2023 -  Insights You Can Gain from Integrated Visibility Across Types of SMF Data

Meeting on August 1, 2023 - IBM z16 Family Overview

Meeting on September 12, 2023 - From Baffled to Amazed – My z/OSMF Journey

Meeting on October 3, 2023 -  SHARE 2023 New Orleans Conference August 13-18, 2023 Report for SPARTA
               SHARE 2023 New Orleans Conference August 13-18, 2023 Notes

Meeting on March 12, 2024 - ISPF Dialogs and OMVS Shell Command Interface Agenda
                                                ISPF Dialogs and OMVS Shell Command Interface Presentation
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Meeting on April 2, 2024 -  SHARE 2024 Orlando Conference March 3-7, 2024 Report for SPARTA
           SHARE 2024 Orlando Conference March 3-7, 2024 Notes

Meeting on May 7, 2024 -  Systems Management Tools from Action Software

Meeting on June 4, 2024 -  Database Performance Optimization Practice (DPOP) meeting video
                                                  DPOP - A Possible Missing Link In Your IT Dept

Meeting on July 9, 2024 -   Customizing zOSMF Using Plugins meeting video
                                                  Customizing zOSMF Using Plugins


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

DTS Software webinars





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