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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IBM: Energy concerns are translating into green-tech action among smaller businesses

IBM: Energy concerns are translating into green-tech action among smaller businesses

If you thought health care was the biggest or only cost concern for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), think again.According to the results of a telephone survey released today by IBM, a majority of SMBs on a worldwide basis cite energy costs as the “biggest cost increase” for them over the next two years, outstripping increases related to health care, payroll, rent and other types of equipment.

November 7, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Some resources for green home builders

Some resources for green home builders

There was a fairly extensive article in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal about green buildings, with a specific emphasis on the various certifications that construction companies will be able to use for residential buildings. I thought I’d mention that content before I get to the real subject of this column: some software that helps builders coordinate all these various green requirements.

November 9, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Software for tracking corporate greenhouse emissions

Software for tracking corporate greenhouse emissions

ESS, a company that sells software for managing corporate information related to various compliance initiatives, has teamed up with Carbonetworks to help companies track greenhouse emissions information more formally.Carbonetworks' Carbon Balance Sheet actually turns a company's greenhouse information into something that can be expressed as a financial value.

November 24, 2007 by in Enterprise Software