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: Green efficiency means more to CFOs than green IT

Power play: Green efficiency means more to CFOs than green IT

Just spent three informative days at the Uptime Institute's Symposium 2010 and am sorting through all the notes I took.I don't think it will surprise you to hear that one of the dominant, recurring themes in the sessions and keynotes was the ongoing disconnect between the need for IT teams to throttle power consumption and the very real fact that most of them don't actually control the electricity budget.

May 20, 2010 by in CXO

Zerofootprint promises one-click carbon reporting

Zerofootprint promises one-click carbon reporting

Chances are your company is interested in doing the right thing: rolling up all the numbers and data that go into a responsible carbon disclosure report. But, honestly, you are probably really challenged by the time commitment that it will probably take.

May 19, 2010 by in CXO

BlueFire pushes cleantech approach to ethanol production

BlueFire pushes cleantech approach to ethanol production

BlueFire Ethanol, which is a company that has developed technology to transform non-food cellulosic waste (aka wood wastes and related sorts of urban trash), is getting closer to nailing financing for a plant it is planning in Fulton, Mississippi.The company is seeking $250 million from the Department of Energy for the construction and launch of the facility, which is projected to create up to 19 million gallons of ethanol per year.

August 4, 2010 by in CXO

Need to crunch some energy vs. performance numbers? SiCortex updates index

Need to crunch some energy vs. performance numbers? SiCortex updates index

SiCortex, which is trying to drum up industry backing for its Green Computing Performance Index, has updated the suite of benchmarks to focus more squarely on performance vis-a-vis energy consumed. It measures performance-per-wat using the HPCC benchmark suite and is meant specifically for pretty high-end systems (like the ones you'd find crunching some serious scientific or industrial computations).

May 19, 2009 by in CXO

Times Square a green light district?

Times Square a green light district?

Since people seem to love our posts about energy-efficient lighting, here's one that will put you in the spirit. Greenlite Lighting, a Montreal-based manufacturer of compact fluorescent light bulbs, is hiring none other than Santa Claus to give out 2,008 free light bulbs as a Christmas-time publicity stunt in New York's Times Square.

December 20, 2007 by in CXO

Thanks for the memory

Thanks for the memory

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer who likes tricking out your computer with more memory OR just a systems integrator with a green conscience, OEMPCWorld.com has started a buyback program to dispose of old RAM more responsibly.

November 27, 2007 by in CXO