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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Intel holds steady on corporate sustainability performance

Intel holds steady on corporate sustainability performance

The latest high-tech giant to report on its corporate sustainability initiatives is Intel, and its 2010 Corporate Responsibility Report offers more evidence that the road toward environmental best practices is full of many pot holes. On the face of it, there are many great things for the company to report -- notably its use of solar energy and purchases of renewable energy credits.

May 26, 2011 by in Intel

Intel's role in remote-managing green tech

Intel's role in remote-managing green tech

If you thought the service people climbing old-fangled telephone poles had it bad in terms of occupational hazards, consider what it must be like to fix a broken wind turbine. Certainly not for those who are threatened by heights.

August 19, 2010 by in Intel

Intel publishes reference design for home energy management panel

Intel publishes reference design for home energy management panel

Intel has released its reference design for an interactive panel that is meant as a multifunction universal control panel for your home.Based on my past conversations with the company about the concept, I know that Intel is pitching the technology as a way for utility operators and device manufacturers to enable homeowners manage myriad applications, including energy usage and video surveillance.

September 30, 2010 by in Intel

Intel commits $10M to five clean-tech companies

Intel commits $10M to five clean-tech companies

Intel Capital is sinking new and additional investment funds into five technology companies, most of which have some stake in the energy monitoring or monitoring marketplace.Here's a summary of who snagged the money:CPower, a New York company that provides energy management and demand response services and that is part of the Intel Open Energy Initiative.

July 29, 2009 by in Intel

How smart is your wind turbine? Intel is on the case.

How smart is your wind turbine? Intel is on the case.

Most of the time, when someone says the word "embedded system" to me, I think about a traffic light or some piece of specialized manufacturing equipment or medical technology. Turns out, though, that Intel has an interest in seeing the wind turbine market accelerate (as it were).

April 24, 2009 by in Intel

Green IT video case studies to watch at your leisure

Green IT video case studies to watch at your leisure

The folks at Think Ecological, which is a public awareness initiative for green IT backed by the likes of SGI, Intel, the BPM Forum and the Green Renewable Energy and Environmental Network, has thrown together some video case studies with six organizations who were willing to share some of their philosophy and best practices.The videos feature individuals from:SprintSanta Clara UniversityDeloitteFeld Entertainment (parent of Ringling Bros.

June 17, 2009 by in Intel