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Author Archives: William J. Holstein

William J. Holstein
William J. Holstein is a journalist, consultant and speaker. He is the author of, "The Next American Economy: Blueprint For A Sustainable Recovery."

Earth to Mary Barra: Be Very Careful about China’s SAIC

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has announced a $5 billion initiative to work with Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp. to develop smaller cars for emerging markets. This is her first major announcement regarding GM's strategy in China, so we should pause for a moment to reflect on the nature of the game being played.

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Five Steps to a Successful ERP System

➡ BEGIN BY FORGING AN INTERNAL CONSENSUS among key constituencies in your company about what you are trying to achieve. One key question is how much of your system can be offsite in the cloud versus on-premises. You don’t want to change technical specifications after you launch. That can lead to cost overruns and delays, known as ERP “bloat.” ➡ ...

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HR Tips from Moneyball

In the movie “Moneyball,” the manager of the Oakland A’s, played by Brad Pitt, decides to rely on a geeky subordinate to embrace a computerized statistical-based model for evaluating his players.

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Music Mastermind’s Cloud-Based Business Model

Music Mastermind couldn’t exist without cloud computing. The company’s core product is Zya, a free music application and game that allows customers—mostly in the 13- to 24-year age range—to download clips from their favorite songs and add their own voices in what they call a “mash-up.”

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