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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Cisco still atop Greenpeace 'Cool IT' list

Cisco still atop Greenpeace 'Cool IT' list

The Cisco green types must be all puffed up with pride over two major pieces of good news this week: Not only did the company score a major information technology efficiency project with energy giant Royal Dutch Shell, but the company sits atop the latest Greenpeace Cool IT Leaderboard ranking. Again.

December 7, 2010 by in Cisco

What's your smart building IQ?

What's your smart building IQ?

The timing of this post was prompted by my colleague Joe McKendrick's post over on ZDNet sister site SmartPlanet about the anticipated market for so-called smart building solutions.According to some new research from the IDC Energy Insights group, spending on smart building technology with growth at a compound annual rate of 27 percent between 2010 and 2015.

April 27, 2011 by in Cisco

Home energy management grabs spotlight at smart grid trade show

Home energy management grabs spotlight at smart grid trade show

Boy, oh boy do I wish I were in San Diego this week, not just because I am totally sick of shoveling snow and ice, but because there was flurry of news at the Distributech conference. Press releases and proclamations have been hitting my inbox at blizzard rate, and when I took time to sort through them yesterday, there was a clear theme: many, many players are upping their efforts when it comes to home energy management technology and services.

February 2, 2011 by in Cisco

Partnership will marry electric vehicle chargers, Cisco home energy manager

Partnership will marry electric vehicle chargers, Cisco home energy manager

Chalk one up for the Cisco home energy management solution: the high-tech giant's new relationship with ECOtality will let people manage the way they use electricity for both their home and for their electric vehicles from a single place.Specifically, a technology agreement between the two companies will tie together the Blink Network charger interface with the Cisco Home Energy Controller.

January 30, 2011 by in Cisco

Cisco, Schneider Electric team for smarter building energy management

Cisco, Schneider Electric team for smarter building energy management

Two of the biggest forces in technology are leveraging their market positions to target what has become one of the sexiest distractions for leading high-tech players: building energy management. The reason this area has so much attention is that some figures imply that buildings could suck up as much as 42 percent of energy usage worldwide.

July 11, 2011 by in Cisco

Cisco green tech factors big in Vancouver's environmental mission

Cisco green tech factors big in Vancouver's environmental mission

There are probably more than a dozen cities that I know of competing to be known as the world's greenest or more energy-efficient or cleanest. I don't really care which one of them wins, because any focus on recalibrating community programs and development with an eye toward being kinder to the earth is a good thing in my mind.

September 9, 2010 by in Cisco