Heather Clancy

Contributor

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.

Latest from Heather Clancy

Show search filters
Remember that energy efficiency is a moving target

Remember that energy efficiency is a moving target

If corporate call centers can use a "follow the sun" strategy -- where calls are handled 24x7 by shifting where they are answered to different regions of the world, why can't data centers use a "follow the moon" philosophy to shift workloads to places where electricity costs are lowest at a given point in time.That's one idea being contemplated by Harkeeret Singh, global head of energy and sustainable technology for Thompson Reuters.

June 1, 2010 by in Hardware

Technology integrator Guidance offers toolkit to make the greening of your company a tad easier

Technology integrator Guidance offers toolkit to make the greening of your company a tad easier

Web technology integrator Guidance got the green religion from one of its clients (Bentley Prince Street) about a year ago. Since that time, it has explored and embraced all sorts of different ways to become carbon-neutral -- from creating alternate commute days to discourage driving to buying only the most energy-efficient servers it can find, attached to power strips that monitor every moment of use.

February 11, 2008 by in Hardware

EPA to drivers: Don't be idle

EPA to drivers: Don't be idle

It is finally getting colder here in Jersey-land, which means that the folks down the street who own a diesel truck will be letting it idle more in the mornings before they buzz off to work.Aside from being terribly annoying, especially in the predawn hour, diesel vehicle idling is one of those icky habits that coughs up a lot of dirty emissions.

November 12, 2007 by in Hardware

Some perspective on the data center power problem

Some perspective on the data center power problem

A boutique analyst firm based in New York City called The 451 Group has released a report and survey information along with suggestions about how corporate IT managers can evaluate and manage energy usage.The study is called Eco-Efficient IT: The eco-imperative and its impact on suppliers and users.

December 7, 2007 by in Hardware

When it comes to buying tech, about 12 percent of Americans are “bright green”

When it comes to buying tech, about 12 percent of Americans are “bright green”

How many green citizens are willing to show some more green when it comes to buying green tech?It may be a little too late for advertising this holiday season, but a new survey from Forrester Research suggests that technology and consumer electronics companies should think more about targeting their environmental message to a segment of the American public that it has dubbed "bright green.

December 3, 2007 by in Hardware