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June 2017


SPARTA President’s Corner

contributed by Randy Springs


As I write this article, I should be in Orlando for the IBM zEnterprise Technical University, but I’m not there. Instead, I am sitting in my new lift recliner in my home office with a full leg cast on my right leg. I went to my knee surgeon for a follow-up to my two total knee replacements, feeling really good about my recovery, but he determined, after an MRI, that my right patella tendon was completely severed and needed immediate repair. So I am in a cast for ten weeks to keep my knee completely immobile, unable to drive or sleep in my bed. I will miss the next two SPARTA meetings, and I’m working from home (as usual). Fortunately, my wife of 42 years is also my primary caregiver, cook, driver, and still my best friend. I still have a lot to thank God for, despite my present situation. It could be a lot worse.

Please plan to join everyone for chicken, networking, and education on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:15 p.m. at our usual LabCorp meeting location.


Randy Springs
BB&T



Future Speakers

(subject to change)


June 6, 2017 - RACF The Essentials by Robert S. Hansel of RSH Consulting, Inc.


July 11, 2017 (Special Date) - TBD


We need ideas and volunteers for future speakers. Presentations don’t have to be fancy, just informative and interesting. Even a 5 or 10 minute talk can start an interesting interaction. Contact Ron Pimblett by phone as noted below.



2017-2018 SPARTA

Board of Directors


Randy Springs - President

BB&T                  (919) 745-5241

3200 Beechleaf Court, Suite 300

Raleigh, NC 27604


Ron Pimblett - Vice President

MDI Data Systems

Land line 613 599 6970

Mobile 613 981 6919

190 Guelph Private

Kanata, ON K2T 0J7


Chris Blackshire -  Secretary

Retired (Dell, Perot Systems, Nortel)  (919) nnn-nnnn

street

Durham, NC 27713


Pam Tant - Treasurer

DTS Software Inc.                  919-833-8426 x124

4350 Lassiter at N. Hills Avenue

Suite 230

Raleigh, NC 27609


Ed Webb -  Communications Director

SAS Institute Inc.  919-531-4162

SAS Campus Drive

Cary, NC 27513


Mike Lockey -  Web Master

Guilford Co. Information Services  336-641-6235

201 N. Eugene St.

Greensboro, NC 27401



Meetings


Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday evening of each month (except no meeting in January), with optional dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m.


These monthly meetings usually are held at LabCorp’s Center for Molecular Biology and Pathology (CMBP) near the Research Triangle Park (see last page). Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto T.W. Alexander Drive. Go about a mile or so. Then turn right into LabCorp complex and turn Left to the CMBP Building (1912 T.W. Alexander Drive). In the lobby, sign in as a visitor to see Bill Johnson. Bill will escort you to the conference room.


Call for Articles


If you have any ideas for speakers, presentations, newsletter articles, or are interested in taking part in a presentation, PLEASE contact one of the Board of Directors with your suggestions.


Newsletter e-Mailings


The SPARTA policy is to e-mail a monthly notice to our SPARTA-RTP Group. The newsletter is posted to the website about five (5) days before each meeting so you can prepare. The SPARTA-RTP Group is maintained by Chris Blackshire; if you have corrections or problems receiving your meeting notice, contact Chris at chrisbl@nc.rr.com.


March 2017 “CBT Tape” Shareware Online


The directory and files from the latest CBT tape V494 (dated March 5, 2017) are available from www.cbttape.org.


If you need help obtaining one or more files, contact Ed Webb at SAS (see Board of Director’s list for contact info).


Minutes of the May 2, 2017 Meeting


• The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by Randy Springs, the SPARTA President.


• The meeting was held at a LabCorp conference room in RTP, N.C.


• Fifteen (15) people were present of which Twelve (12) are 2016/2017 members.


• Everyone introduced themselves, told where they worked, and briefly described their job functions or their job hunting challenges.


• The minutes of the April 4, 2017 meeting were approved as published in the May 2017 newsletter.


• The May 2017 Treasurer's report was approved as read by Pam Tant. The balance was $320.87. (See details later in this newsletter)


OLD BUSINESS


• Call For Articles: Articles are needed for this newsletter. If you would like to write an article for this newsletter, please contact Ed Webb. Keep in mind that you don't really need to write the article, it can be an article that you read that you would like to share with the membership.


• The SPARTA Web page is available. To access the SPARTA Web page, point your Web browser to this site: http://www.spartanc.org. Please send any comments or suggestions about the Web page to Mike Lockey. Be sure to check the Web page every once in a while to see any new or changed information.


• Randy reminded everyone to leave the LabCorp conference room clean.


• Future Speakers and Topics (subject to change based on internal politics, budget, the weather):



Date

Company

Speaker

Topic

June 6, 2017

EMC

Brain Kithcart

Virtual Tape Update

July 11, 2017

NC State

Mainframe Group

Data Center Update

August 1, 2017

TBD

TBD

TBD

August 22, 2017

Tommy's Spitball

SPARTA and Friends

Fun at the DBAP

September 12, 2017
Cancelled if August 22 is a go

SAS

Ed Webb

SHARE Providence Update

October 3, 2017

SAS

Ed Webb

SHARE Providence Update

November 7, 2017

BMC Software

Wayne Wilson

Mainview

December 5, 2017

Watson & Walker

Cheryl Watson

z/OS Performance



If you have suggestions about speakers and topics, contact Ron Pimblett.


• The next SPARTA monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at LabCorp in RTP.


• Food for the June 6 meeting will be Bojangles Chicken.


• The 2017 dues ($30) were due starting in February 2017. Please pay Pam Tant.


• Thanks to LabCorp and Bill Johnson for hosting the meeting.


• There are currently 66 people on the SPARTA-RTP e-mail list.


• Send any e-mail address changes to Chris Blackshire so he can update the SPARTA-RTP Listserv. You will be added by the moderator (Chris = SPARTA-RTP-owner@yahoogroups.com) sending you an invitation to Join the list.



NEW BUSINESS


• Proposed that the September 12 meeting will be held as a Durham Bulls baseball game on Aug 22 as a memorial to Tommy Thomas.

As Tommy can no longer provide the free tickets, Chris will send an email to the 66 people on the SPARTA email list asking who wants to attend the game with each attendee paying $11.99 per ticket requested. We will need 20 attendees to get the $11.99 group rate.

Depending on the number of reserved ticket responses by June 5, we'll decide at the June 6 meeting if the Sept. meeting will be Aug. 22 or Sept. 12.

If we have a Sept. 12 meeting, Ed Webb will be presenting about his Rhode Island SHARE experiences. If we get the 20 ticket reservations, the details for sending in the money and purchasing the tickets will be determined at the June 6 meeting.


• Pam received a bill for the web page hosting site of $137.87. Motion made to pay the bill.

• As the treasury is running low, a motion was made to charge members an optional $5 per meeting until the treasury is built up. Guest payment will also be optional. Motion was seconded and approved.

• The 2017 officer nominations were presented as follows:

- President - Randy Springs of BB&T
- Vice President - Ron Pimblett of MDI Data Systems
- Secretary - Chris Blackshire (Retired)
- Communications Director - Ed Webb of SAS Institute
- Treasurer - Pam Tant of DTS Software
(Webmeister - Mike Lockey of Guilford County Information Services)

• Motion made and seconded to unanimously elect this slate of officers.

• Round robin discussion about SPARTA's need to increase our presence. Many topics reviewed including: looking for more corporate sponsors, putting corporate logos of the members on our website, seeking new members, canvassing all the mainframe companies in the area for new members/meeting attendees, need a list of all the companies with IBM hardware in area, being more proactive for announcing our speakers and publishing their presentation topics, speakers could sponsor the monthly menu. We will continue these brain storming ideas next month.


The Business portion of the meeting ended about 9:30 P.M.

Presentation


The API Revolution on z Systems: Combining mainframe RESTful Services and data virtualization to accelerate digital transformation
By Gregg Willhoit, Chief Technologist of Rocket Software


AGENDA

• Unlocking the Mainframe for API Economy
• IBM z/OS Connect EE v2
• IBM z/OS Connect EE v2 and Rocket DV
• A Closer Look at Rocket Data Virtualization
• How Is Rocket DV Differentiated?
• The Value of a Mainframe Data API
• Software demo

Unlocking the Mainframe for API Economy
- Developers can have secure access from APIs to z/OS based assets in minutes using IBM z/OS Connect EE v2
- Z
- - IBM z/OS Connect EE v2
- - - APIs to mainframe applications
- RDV
- - Rocket Data Virtualization (DV)
- - - APIs to mainframe data

IBM z/OS Connect EE v2 (z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition)
- REST API Consumers
- - A common interface for cloud, mobile, web developers to z/OS
- - - no need for mainframe skills
- Z - WOLA
- Provides RESTful APIs to z/OS applications
- - Mainframe Applications - To CICS, IMS, WAS, MQ, DB2

IBM z/OS Connect EE v2 and Rocket DV (z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition)
- REST API Consumers
- - A common interface for cloud, mobile, web developers to z/OS
- - - no need for mainframe skills
- Z - WOLA
- Provides RESTful APIs to z/OS applications
- - Mainframe Applications - To CICS, IMS, WAS, MQ, DB2, RDV
- - RDV is a first-class z/OS Connect Service
- - - Mainframe Data
- - - - Rocket DataVirtualization All z/OS Data
- - - - Adabas, DB2, VSAM, IMS, Physical Sequential, others
- - - - Non z/OS Data

A Closer Look at Rocket Data Virtualization (z/OS Connect Enterprise Edition)
- Z - WOLA (Design, Security, Monitoring, Metadata)
- - Rocket Data Virtualization Server
- - - Data Mapping
- - - Caching
- - IBM zIIP Specialty Engine
- - - Map/Reduce Query Optimization
- - - Parallel I/O

How Is Rocket DV Differentiated?
- No one else does what we do
- - Access and integrate mainframe and non-mainframe data
- - Deep exploitation of the z Architecture
- - Eliminates need to write code to access data
- - - 1. Delivers the right data at the right time, in the right format
- - - 2. Unlocks the value of mainframe data
- - - 3. Faster time to market for new digital services

The Value of a Mainframe Data API
- Rocket Data Virtualization Ö
- - Enables organizations to more fully leverage the value of their mainframe data (beyond what you get with just the application)
- - Unlocks mainframe applications and data for developers who lack familiarity with mainframe systems
- - Providing customers with a single point for mainframe applications and data

Software Demo by Jeff Lutzow followed.

It's Not Rocket Science, It's Rocket Software

• The presentation ended about 8:35

• Presentation Access - See SPARTA webpage for the complete presentation


Contact Info:

Gregg Willhoit
Chief Technologist
Rocket Software
Office: 781.577.4435
Email: gwillhoit@rocketsoftware.com

Jeff Lutzow
Email: jlutzow@rocketsoftware.com

Rocket Software
Main Office: +1 877.328.2932
Contact Customer Support: https://my.rocketsoftware.com/RocketCommunity/RCEmailSupport

• The May 2017 meeting ended about 9:30 P.M.


Treasurer’s Report for May 2017

contributed by Pam Tant


The balance in the account is $193.99 as of May 31, 2017.


SPARTA Financial Report
3/01/2017 through 05/31/2017


INCOME


Opening Balance

562.00

Total Deposits


Other

0.00

Dues

180.00

TOTAL INCOME

$742.00



EXPENSES


Loan repayment (RS)

50.00

Loan repayment (PT)

100.00

Food

255.14

Web Site

137.87

Petty Cash

21.86

Bank Service Charge

5.00

TOTAL EXPENSE

$569.87



BANK BALANCE

172.13

PETTY CASH on hand 

21.86

TOTAL CASH

$193.99



Items of Interest



SPARTA Schedule and Menu for 2017

contributed by Chris Blackshire


June 6, 2017 - Chicken

July 11, 2017 - Subs

Aug. 1, 2017 - BarBQ

Aug. 22, 2017 - Durham Bulls (buy your food at the game)

Oct. 3, 2017 - Pizza

Nov. 7, 2017 - Chicken

Dec. 5, 2017 - Subs


Early Registration Discount Ends June 23 for SHARE in Providence

contributed by Ed Webb


SHARE in Providence is August 6-11, 2017. Hotel Reservations and SHARE Registration opportunities are available now. Go to the Event webpage for details.

Book a hotel room now (under the Experience dropdown); there are 3 to choose from: Omni Providence, Biltmore Providence, and the Providence Hilton. Most if not all meetings are in the Convention Center adjacent to the Omni and a short walk from the Biltmore and the Hilton.

Besides details on z/OS 2.3, announced to ship in late September, there are rumors of an update to z System that will be of interest in the next several months.

"SHARE Providence features over 500 educational sessions in a range of topics such as z/OS 2.3, Blockchain, Docker and new Security technologies. Plan to join us in Providence, August 6 -11, 2017 to expand your knowledge and network with hundreds of fellow enterprise IT professionals and industry vendors. Register by June 23, 2017 to receive $200 off your registration."

SHARE San Jose Event Proceedings Available

contributed by Ed Webb


SHARE San Jose event proceedings are now available to download in the SHARE.org Content Center. Explore session handouts with all the hottest topics from San Jose, including:
• Application Architecture Development
• Information Management
• Linux & VM
• And more!
In an effort to make content easily accessible post-event, SHARE is no longer distributing DVD copies of the event proceedings. Here's where to view the San Jose Proceedings.

Write Your Own Checks With z/OS Health Checker

contributed by Ed Webb


The IBM Health Checker for z/OS is a component of MVS that provides the framework for checking z/OS system and sysplex configuration parameters and the system environment. This helps determine where an installation may be deviating from suggested settings or where there might be configuration problems. IBM provides a set of check routines—over 200 to date—for IBM Health Checker for z/OS that examine specific settings or values for potential problems. Check routines can also be provided by ISVs, or written by users themselves.

As a follow-up to the article, "Healthy Status," that was published in the January/February 2017 Tech Corner section of IBM Systems Magazine, this article is the first of a multi-part series that will describe the general steps of planning and developing your own health check. This first part will provide a minimal, but fully functional, sample health check written in System REXX that summarizes the topics discussed.


Read more in this April 2017 article by George Ng and Ulrich Thiemann in IBM Systems Magazine.

What new NIST password recommendations should enterprises adopt?

contributed by Ed Webb


"The National Institute for Standards and Technology, or NIST, is creating new guidelines for password policies, which will be adopted by the U.S. government. The Digital Authentication Guideline is up for public preview on GitHub and NIST's website. What are some of the significant changes in NIST's recommendations? Should enterprises consider adopting these password recommendations?

Many enterprises and online services are looking to replace the much maligned password. Several financial service companies, for example, are rolling out biometric authentication options for their customers, and Google offers the option of two-factor authentication, where a verification code is sent to a user's mobile phone.

However, there's still no universally accepted alternative to the password. So, despite its weaknesses, both in terms of security and practical use, many systems rely on it -- even if only as a fail-safe for when a user's fingerprint or voice can't be correctly identified. Since passwords are here to stay for a while longer, it's refreshing to see research by NIST looking at how to make password authentication more robust and more user-friendly.

NIST has been studying how passwords are created and used, in order to produce more effective password recommendations and policies. Special Publication 800-63-3: Digital Authentication Guidelines is still a work in progress -- the latest version is available on GitHub -- but it already proposes some significant changes to what has been long accepted as best practices; as it turns out, some of them don't actually improve security.

....

Also, passwords should no longer be automatically expired after a certain period unless there's a good reason, such as they have been forgotten, or there's suspicion they have been phished or stolen and could therefore be subjected to an offline brute-force attack. This would mean there has to be some form of monitoring in place to detect potential compromises. LinkedIn didn't know their password database had been compromised for years and, thus, had no reason to force users to change their passwords. But had users been made to change their passwords every few months, the database of passwords from 2012 would be useless to attackers."

Read the whole article here.


Password Protection

contributed by Chris Blackshire


People are the weakest link in network security by using weak passwords and falling for phishing and social engineering attacks.

Are your passwordsÖP@ssw0rd? Verizon's recent Data Breach Report showed that 81% of hacking-related breaches used either stolen and/or weak passwords.

Strong Password Formation To Create Hacker Resistant Passwords:

• Your password needs to be as long as possible.
• Must contain at least one lower case letter, one upper case letter, one digit.
• Must contain one or more special characters such as ~!@#$%^&*()_+
• Avoid using dictionary words.
• Don't use personal information.
• Your password will expire from time to time (or change your password periodically).
• Use a different password for each account.
• You can write them down, but keep them in a securely locked place (not on a Post-It note).
• Consider a 2-factor authentication process if the site allows it.
• You may want to consider a password manager tool.

Here's a web site that explains why length is the most important factor in thwarting brute force cracking of passwords and how to create long passwords that are easily remembered simply by padding short ones.

https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm

Remember: Skeptical people don't use weak passwords and fall for phishing.


Humor


New Job Titles for 2017 and Beyond

contributed by Chris Blackshire


Industry professionals were asked to propose the new job titles that they think will emerge in 2017. Some of the suggestions are listed below along with their short explanation as to why.


Obsolescence Manager


In the manufacturing, automotive and aerospace sectors in particular, we can expect to see the role of the Obsolescence Manager emerge from 2017.


Obsolescence managers will be tasked with the role of monitoring product obsolescence as well as the state of the automated systems the company is using. This involves analyzing the components of critical systems and using predictive analytics to estimate the likelihood of equipment breakdown. Obsolescence managers will also be responsible for regular audits, which serve a similar purpose to car MOTs.


Effective obsolescence management is a full time job, especially in the world of Industry 4.0 and smart factories, where obsolescence cycles are becoming shorter and the pace of new technology adoption is speeding up. Manufacturers that want to ensure they don't fall victim to obsolescence will have to employ an obsolescence manager to keep track of critical systems and minimize costly downtime.


Chief Data Officer (CDO)


Traditionally, organizations have tackled data problems by assigning a small team within the IT department to 'clean' the data. This choice was an historical consequence of the fact that this same IT department had built and managed the underlying data infrastructure since the beginning. Many organizations have managed to escape this tradition and learned that data problems are actually rooted in a business problem. Therefore, data governance is increasingly being driven by strong business, strategic, and operational opportunities rather than by data infrastructure limitations.


Hence the rise in prominence in 2017 of the Chief Data Officer (CDO). The CDO is an executive level role organizationally sanctioned to establish a data strategy and empower data citizens through a collaboration platform that changes the way business is done. The CDO does not replace the existing data managers and their governance mechanisms, but rather enhances their effectiveness by empowering them. By doing so, their success is amplified and noticed by other executive leaders. In turn, this generates an overall belief that data is a core value rather than a mere by-product.


The CDO builds organizational capacity for long-term, data-driven business strategy and innovation. Its office can be held accountable for failure as well as success, and through systematic demonstration of the latter through a data collaboration platform, eventually engender trust in data for the entire organization and beyond.


Digital Training Officer (DTO)


Operating across the entire business, the DTO role would be responsible for upskilling employees in the digital technologies. DTOs would be tasked with training the workforce to get the most out of the latest digital tools ñ from social platforms such as Yammer, through to more complex, divisional specific applications, such as the sales team's mobile CRM.


As digital technologies continue to evolve at an astonishing rate, keeping an organization competitive requires continuous training. A successful DTO should be forward-thinking and adaptable, able to anticipate the training needs of the organization, not simply for today, but also for tomorrow.


Cyber Security Specialist

As there has been a sharp rise in organizations asking for someone with a blend of technical and broader business knowledge. This includes the ability to interact with and influence multiple stakeholders.


The old world of 'IT geeks' has given way to a new breed of Cyber Security Specialists. They're great communicators and strategists, with the ability to inspire co-workers and change how a business operates.


The candidates who get the best results are passionate about this area outside of the workplace and have pushed themselves to gain extra qualifications and skills. They're active on forums and attend networking events and expositions.


Chief Insight Officer (CInO)


2017 will see the emergence of the CInO (Chief Insight Officer) and a much-needed collaboration across departments to drive business optimization and meaningful relationships with customers. Organizations are collecting mountains of data on customers. The old-adage of data into insight into action is being turned on its head as real-time analytics enables organizations to re-imagine the interactions with individual customers. Now it's outcomes/actions driving insight, driving data. These 'Insight' roles are going to be elevated to the C-suite to form a longer lasting part of the business.


Chief Cybercrime Officer


2016 was a year of some very well-documented breaches including Tesco Bank, Sage & Kiddicare among others. In the aftermath of the TalkTalk data breach, MPs recommended appointing an officer with day-to-day responsibility for protecting computer systems from attack. Is today's CISO the right person to hold this office or should organization's be looking to appoint a Chief Cybercrime Officer?


The CCO should be responsible for ensuring that an organization is cyber-ready, would bear the responsibility for preventing breaches, would take the lead if a breach did occur and provide a robust connection between the board and the rest of the company. Alternatively we consider cyber security as just another aspect of proper information management ñ looking after information in whatever format has always been a critical responsibility for organizations. If this is still the case, cyber security should be the domain of the Chief Information Officer with technical support from a range of professionals including cyber security professionals.


Talent Director


As an SME, we knew we needed to approach recruitment a little differently to the bigger companies. One of the biggest issues and challenges that face small businesses is hiring. If an SME is in high growth they need someone focus 100% of their time looking for exceptional talent, given the hyper competitive nature of the market. Too many SME's are reactive when it comes to recruitment, and only start looking when the need is critical, leading to a 'panic buy' situation.


The fastest and most common way to hire is by using traditional recruitment agencies or HR teams, which are often both no-go options for SMEs due to the high levels of cost, plus we've always viewed the hiring process from a much more humanistic angle, so their reliance on CVs isn't ideal.


We think there should be a new approach, which focuses on hiring being very much a part of the overall business strategy. And to achieve this, we decided to create the new role of 'Talent Director' and hire a specialist who now heads up the hiring strategy. The specialist's job is to seek out the very best people from the very best places without focusing on CVs or past education.


Instead the TD uses their own network of contacts and strategic approach to carry out bespoke searches for each new role. They focus on each candidates' talents, skills and personality, which is learned through informal, face-to-face meetings as opposed to the number of years' experience they have or the quality of their education.


This is especially great for the tech industry, as it's almost impossible to judge a developer's skills and talents from a CV or straightforward interview, and a recruitment agency is likely to judge purely on these elements without considering personality or whether they'd be a good fit for the company.


Robotic Technology Consultants


Enterprise mobility is driving workforce automation, demonstrating productivity and efficiency gains. Even for highly skilled professionals many daily tasks are repetitive and mindless, such as filing data, copying and pasting information into different formats or systems, and routine emails to pass project updates and action items along to various stakeholders. As a result we'll see automation of these tasks increase to make these processes more efficient, and as a result specialist technologies will be brought into enterprises to manage this change. Robotic Technology Consultants will operate alongside Business and IT stakeholders to understand relevant business and technology needs and drive successful delivery and management of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) solutions.


B2B Virtual Reality Engineer


2017 will be the year that augmented and virtual reality gain momentum in businesses across the country as they have done so in a consumer and gaming setting. As a result, specialized engineers will be required to take responsibility for monitoring and implementing VR in enterprise, managing developments and usage at all employee levels whilst integrating with legacy systems.


Digital Transformation Officer (DTO)


The DTO's responsibility will be to help the workforce navigate workplace transformation so that as work continues to change, the tools that help us get our work done will do so too. In particular the DTO will increasingly be focused on aligning the needs of the Chief Digital Officer, the Chief Security Officer and the Chief Information Officer so that collectively the enterprise can capitalize on the promising changes taking place in technology today.


Data Protection Officer (DPO)


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mandates that large organizations appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) as they scramble to get a single view of where their data resides and set parameters on who has access to it. The DPO will have to work with CISOs and IT to monitor and control data movement and use. With data sprawled throughout an organization with no central control, this will be no easy task. Organizations addressing the GDPR and other regulations must first take steps to re-architect their data provisioning to have any chance of compliance.


Brexit Strategy Manager


Following the EU referendum vote, we're anticipating a rise in demand for individuals that will act as the lead and coordinator for all Brexit related activities within a business. This includes: monitoring negotiations, managing multiple relationships with external third parties and regulators and overseeing the resulting change program. Those that also have expertise in risk and compliance will be sought after, along with M&A expertise to capitalize on any expansion opportunities that might arise from Brexit.


Elastic Stack Expert


As demand for skills in big data continues to rise, these open source technology experts are becoming highly sought after. Individuals that are proficient in Elastic Stack can build and manage an infrastructure that combines the comprehensive information retrieval of Elasticsearch, the ETL power of Logstash, and the most flexible open source data visualization package in Kibana. Creating this end-to-end platform, enables businesses to collect, store and make sense of millions of data points within minutes. These experts can uncover valuable insights that will help businesses enhance their products and services to remain competitive in the digital age.


Wagile Developer


This is a hybrid, technical project management approach that blends Waterfall and Agile methodology. We are currently discussing this new role with clients and the business benefits it could bring. These include: offering more operations design flexibility through rapid iteration, giving more control over the project, enhanced performance measurement and a reduction in risk and cost of the project. We expect demand for Wagile Developers to rise next year.


Membership Information



Don’t Forget the Next SPARTA Meeting


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

7 p.m.


Location: LabCorp in RTP


Take I-40 to Miami Boulevard and go north. Turn right onto 1912 T.W. 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. Use 1912 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27703 in your map app.


Free Food: Chicken, Sodas and Tea, Dessert


Program:

RACF - The Essentials

Speaker: Robert S. Hansel of RSH Consulting, Inc.








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