Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.

I am fascinated about how businesses of all sizes can transform their operations through technology -- not just to make themselves more efficient, but to rise above their competitors. That's the theme for my two ZDNet blogs, Small Business Matters and Next-Gen Partner. For SmartPlanet, I'm focused on profiling inspirational and controversial business leaders who have great leadership lessons to share. I also write regularly and passionately about corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues for GreenBiz.com. Occasionally, I will pop up at an industry conference in some sort of speaking capacity. In cases where an engagement involves a sponsor that may be covered in this blog, that fact will be disclosed in coverage as appropriate. My corporate writing work usually consists of crafting research white papers about some aspect of technology or moderating Webcasts. In the event that my commentary (in written, audio or video form) mentions a company for which I have provided consulting advice, I will disclose that fact. However, there is no connection between these projects and topics that I cover in my blogs.

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Power play for the City of Melbourne

Power play for the City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, has saved roughly 1.46 million kilowatt hours of electricity in the first year of project to deploy the 1E power management software across 1,000 of the city's personal computers.

December 14, 2010 by in PCs

Keeping watch against power waste, Part 6

Keeping watch against power waste, Part 6

The latest version of NightWatchman, from software developer 1E, gets even more granular about power management by reporting energy consumption not only specific to certain hardware configurations but also according to your geographic location. The company is hoping to build on predictions from market research firm Gartner that suggests by 2012, more than half of all enterprise PCs at midsize and large businesses will be managed for power consumption.

October 31, 2010 by in PCs

Autodesk coughs up funds for clean-tech projects

Autodesk coughs up funds for clean-tech projects

Design software company Autodesk is at is again. The company has set up a software grant fund in which it will provide bundles of its design applications, worth up to $150,000 a pop, to companies that are working on early-stage, clean technology projects.

July 23, 2009 by in PCs

For many companies, client power management not yet a priority

For many companies, client power management not yet a priority

Forrester Research has released some new data from a first quarter survey of IT professionals about power management policies, and the big aha is that only about 15 percent of them have adopted any kind of strategy that addresses energy waste for their client desktops or notebooks.About half of the 91 respondents to their spot survey, though, were considering a project, 12 percent were piloting and 18 percent were ready to roll one out.

April 23, 2009 by in PCs