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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Oracle targets e-waste with new dashboards

Oracle targets e-waste with new dashboards

Many people tend to think of the electronic-waste or asset disposition problem as this sort of siloed business intelligence challenge, but why wouldn't you consider it in the context of your "normal" day-to-day business processes and enterprise planning applications?That's what Oracle is hoping to encourage by updating and releasing some sustainability software dashboards that hook into some of its existing enterprise applications.

October 1, 2010 by in Oracle

Surveys: Utility execs still taking it slow when it comes to smart grid

Surveys: Utility execs still taking it slow when it comes to smart grid

Given all the smart grid news that has been floating around, it seems relevant to end this week with some more data, this time from two surveys of utility executives—one by Oracle and one by Microsoft.The Oracle data, which was collected in January 2010, represents the views of roughly 150 utility industry executives from the United States and Canada.

March 26, 2010 by in Oracle

Sun creates its own solar system of eco partners

Sun creates its own solar system of eco partners

Going back to my roots in writing about and for IT resellers, VARs and systems integrators with today's entry. That's because Sun Microsystems became one of the first high-tech companies a few weeks back to include its business partners in its ability have a green tech dialogue with its customers.

May 5, 2008 by in Oracle

$100 million fund for the sun

$100 million fund for the sun

Even though the sun is blazing today outside my home here in New Jersey, and many of us understand the fundamental benefits of investing in solar power, the fact that more of us aren't using it comes down to one thing: financing.

June 21, 2010 by in Oracle

Oracle steps up smart grid presence

Oracle steps up smart grid presence

Do not underestimate the focus that traditional enterprise software players will put on the whole smart grid movement. The latest indicator is a new relationship between Oracle and Grid Net, which develops software platforms for smart grid and smart home applications.

July 20, 2010 by in Oracle