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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AMD pushes reset on environmental goals

AMD pushes reset on environmental goals

Just received a heads-up that chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices has updated some of its environmental and corporate sustainability initiatives based, in part, on the fact that the activity in its baseline year, 2009, was much lower than normal. The reason that AMD reset its goals back in that year was because it sold off most of its manufacturing operation to Global Foundries, which obviously had an impact on its footprint.

February 14, 2011 by in Processors

AMD slips on water goal, beats emissions target

AMD slips on water goal, beats emissions target

Two months after resetting some of its goals with respect to environmental performance, Advanced Micro Devices has released the 16th version of its corporate responsibility report (a whopper at 83 pages).Here are some highlights related to the company's global environmental goals and performance:For its non-manufacturing sites, AMD achieved a 6 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions during 2010.

May 3, 2011 by in Processors

Need for speed: AMD touts carbon-shrinking potential of new chip

Need for speed: AMD touts carbon-shrinking potential of new chip

Talk about great (unexpected) timing for a marketing campaign. As Intel grapples with a chipset design flaw, arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices is touting the ability of its new AMD E-350 Accelerated Processsing Unit (APU) technology to generate a serious reduction in carbon footprint impact compared with previous generations of its technology.

January 31, 2011 by in Processors

AMD recaps 2008 green and sustainability initiatives

AMD recaps 2008 green and sustainability initiatives

For those of you who are beginning to account for sustainability strategy in your IT purchasing habits, Advanced Micro Devices has just published its two annual proclamations about its green and corporate responsibility efforts. Among the programs/milestones you can read about:The AMD Changing the Game initiative, which is focused on encouraging the development of video games that impart social issues and values, and promote math, science and technology skills.

August 28, 2009 by in Processors

Verari blades now handle six-core AMD Opteron processor

Verari blades now handle six-core AMD Opteron processor

The scalable BladeRack 2 X-Series blade server line from Verari Systems now supports the long-delayed six-core Opteron technology from Advanced Micro Devices. The chips are engineered to provide up to 30 percent more performance, depending on the application, while running within the same thermal envelope as BladeRack 2 systems configured with the quad-core edition.

June 1, 2009 by in Processors

Green concerns about things in a nano-tech package

Green concerns about things in a nano-tech package

The green profile of nanotech is being called into question by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC), which is recommending the development of new policies that account for the relatively unexplored of the materials within.The group outlines the nature of its concerns in a report called “Regulating Emerging Technologies in Silicon Valley and Beyond: Lessons from 1981 Chemical Spills in the Electronics Industry and Implications for Regulating Nanotechnology.

April 6, 2008 by in Processors

Texas Instruments strives to make power management more intuitive, deep within its processors

Texas Instruments strives to make power management more intuitive, deep within its processors

Before I get into the guts of this post, a special thank-you to the team at Texas Instruments (Bill Krenik, CTO of the wireless business unit, and Dave Freeman, Texas Instruments Fellow, Analog & Digital Power Control Products) who were patient enough to brief me weeks and weeks and weeks ago about the various ways that the company is addressing the call for reduced energy consumption across a spectrum of technology products.

June 24, 2008 by in Processors