What Technology Customers Can Learn from the HP-Autonomy Debacle

  • November 20, 2012

The short version of my argument is this: I believe Autonomy's impressive financial results (at least those reported) served to conceal key warning signs about its aging flagship search technology, doped-up sales strategies, warped internal culture, and growing disdain for its own customers

Autonomy - from Autocracy to Anonymity ?

  • May 25, 2012

For those of us that watch the industry closely, Autonomy founder Mike Lynch's imminent departure from the newly merged HP/Autonomy entity comes as no great surprise. However this lack of surprise isn't for the reasons that many people would assume:

Big Data plus Enterprise Search equals Big Enterprise Disappointment?

  • February 20, 2012

This week, whilst I sat on one of London's First Capital Connect's delightful 1950's railway carriages traveling to the RSG UK office, I imagined a conversation a decade or so hence....

"So, Uncle Matt, what do you remember most about 2012? Was it the London Olympics?"

"Well my impertinent nephew, 2012 was in fact the year we learned about 'Big Data'."

Oracle-Endeca, HP-Autonomy, and Coveo follow the customer

  • November 7, 2011

Enterprise Search engines can be divided neatly into two categories: those optimized for website search and those optimized for searching across internal information silos. Today the gap between the two is opening ever wider

Not coming clean about Enterprise Search

  • October 26, 2011

I have just spent two days at the inaugural European Enterprise Search Summit in London, and left with much to think and rant about.  For I listened to a series of consultants and vendors telling the audience that enterprise search was an imperative

Oracle acquires Endeca - our first take....

  • October 18, 2011

Oracle has announced its intention to buy Endeca, a major independent purveyor of Enterprise Search technology. It's not in the least bit surprising as Autonomy (arguably Endeca's biggest rival) had been in talks with Oracle prior to their acquisition by HP, and from that alone it was clear that Oracle was interested in acquiring advanced search technology

HP and Autonomy - a marriage made in hell?

  • September 23, 2011

This past week HP fired their CEO Leo Apotheker, making him the third CEO in a row to part with HP prematurely. But of all the departures this one one is the least surprising by far. His announcement that he was to buy Autonomy for a staggering $10.3 Billion -- far more than anyone else figured the firm was worth -- and spin of its market leading PC division was surely the most spectacular act of self-immolation in a long time

Another look at the Autonomy IDOL OEM business

  • August 29, 2011

Now that HP has announced its intent to buy Autonomy, the deal has come under a lot of scrutiny.  One area though that few have yet to look at in detail -- and of particular interest to us as buyers' advocates -- is the whole topic of the IDOL search OEM business

HP plus Autonomy equals Buyers Beware

  • August 19, 2011

I cannot say that the acquisition by HP of search giant Autonomy bodes well. Taking the parties' past histories into account, this simply doesn't seem to be a good long term match. Hence my advice is

Autonomy makes yet another acquisition

  • May 16, 2011

Well, it has been almost a year since Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch announced that his firm was to make a major acquisition. Today it happened.