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Allan Scherr


Allan L. Scherr (born November 18, 1940) is an American computer scientist notable for his work in time-sharing operating systems and leading the original development of the IBM MVS operating system, used on IBM mainframe computers.

Career highlights include:

  • Proposed and led design of IBM’s TSO, today’s most widely used time sharing system.
  • Overall project manager and lead designer of first MVS release, IBM’s mainframe operating system.
  • Managed the creation of DPPX, an operating system for the IBM 8100 distributed processing system.
  • Managed IBM’s networking products and the CICS transaction processor during their early years.
  • Co-invented a proven technique to improve team productivity in projects by an average factor of 2.5.
  • Pioneered a new technique for automating business processes directly from their definition
  • Managed the transition and growth of an acquired software company from startup mode to acquiring and supporting a large number of customers with more than $100 million in revenue
  • Co-creator and leader of the “Jensen-Landmark-Scherr Leadership Course” at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester (NY) (now known as the “Being A Leader” course)
  • Co-creator of the time/life/project management system, Mission Control