|Fate||Acquired by Hewlett-Packard|
|Founder(s)||Michael Richard Lynch
|Headquarters||Cambridge, United Kingdom
San Francisco, United States
|Key people||Robert Youngjohns (SVP & General Manager)|
|Products||Big data analytics, information governance, data protection and digital marketing|
|Autonomy Corporation headquarters at Cambridge Business Park.|
The company used a combination of technologies born out of research at the University of Cambridge. It developed a variety of enterprise search and knowledge management applications using adaptive pattern recognition techniques centered on Bayesian inference in conjunction with traditional methods.
Autonomy was acquired by Hewlett-Packard (HP) in October 2011. The following year, HP wrote off $8.8 billion of Autonomy's value, claiming "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure failures".
Following the hiring of Robert Youngjohns as SVP and GM in September 2012, the company works towards a turnaround. Under new leadership, HP Autonomy aims to grow its information management and analytics software business. Though the company is integrating into HP Software, Autonomy remains a singular operational business.
Inception and expansion: 1996–2011
Autonomy was founded in Cambridge, England by Dr. Michael Lynch, David Tabizel and Richard Gaunt in 1996 as a spin-off from Cambridge Neurodynamics, a firm specializing in computer-based finger print recognition.
July 2007: Autonomy acquired Zantaz, an email archiving and litigation support company, for $375 million.
28 May 2008: Kainos extended its partnership with Autonomy for high-end information processing and Information Risk Management (IRM) to deliver information governance solutions to its customer base.
5 May 2011: The Mercedes Formula One team announced an $8 million sponsorship deal with Autonomy, and on 8 July 2010 Tottenham Hotspur FC announced a two year sponsorship deal with Autonomy for their Premier League kit. For the 2011–12 season Spurs' Premier League shirt featured Autonomy's Augmented Reality technology Aurasma.
As a Hewlett Packard business: 2011 – Present
18 August 2011: Hewlett Packard announced that it would purchase Autonomy for US$42.11 per share, around $10.2 billion. The transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both HP and Autonomy and the Autonomy board recommended that its shareholders accept the offer. On 3 October 2011 HP closed the deal with over 87% of Autonomy shares acquired.
May 2012: Mike Lynch left his role as Autonomy CEO after a significant drop in revenue in the previous quarter.
September 2012: Robert YoungJohns was appointed SVP & GM of Autonomy/Information Management Business Unit.
November 2012: Hewlett-Packard announced that it was taking an $8.8 billion accounting charge after claiming “serious accounting improprieties” and “outright misrepresentations” at Autonomy. However, Mike Lynch counter-alleged that the problems were due to HP's running of Autonomy, citing "internecine warfare" within the organization. The FBI launched an investigation, followed by the Serious Fraud Office, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Subsequently three lawsuits were initiated by HP shareholders against the company.
November 2013: the HP Exstream customer communication management (CCM) business, formerly part of the HP LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions (LES) business, joined the HP Autonomy organization.
30 January 2014: the company announced that one of its partners, Kainos, integrated HP IDOL 10.5, the new version of HP Autonomy’s information analytics engine, into Kainos's electronic medical record platform, Evolve.
Offerings and Solutions
HP Autonomy products include Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), which allows for search and processing of text taken from both structured data and unstructured human information -- including e-mail and mobile data -- whether it originates in a database, audio, video, text files or streams. The processing of such information by IDOL is referred to by Autonomy as Meaning-Based Computing.
HP Autonomy's offerings include:
- Marketing Optimization
- Web Experience Management, Web Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Marketing Analytics, Contact Center Management, Rich Media Management
- Information Analytics
- Voice of the Customer, Media Intelligence, Video Surveillance, Big Data Analytics, SFA Intelligence
- Unified Information Access
- Enterprise Search, Knowledge Management, Content Access & Extraction
- Information Archiving
- Compliance Archiving, Litigation Readiness Archiving, Storage Optimization Archiving, Database & Application Archiving, Supervision & Policy Management
- Legal Hold, Early Case Assessment, Review & Analytics, Investigations, Post-Review
- Enterprise Content Management
- Policy-driven Information Management, Records Management, Legal Content Management, Business Process Management, Document and Email Management
- Data Protection
- Server Data Protection, Virtual Server Data Protection, Remote & Branch Office Data Protection, Endpoint Device Data Protection
- Customer Communications Management
- Healthcare Communications, Transactional Communications, State, Local & Federal Communications, Utility & Smart Meter Communications, High Volume Communications
HAVEn Big Data Platform
In June 2013, HP announced the HAVEn platform for analyzing and finding meaning from big data - petabytes of structured and unstructured information. HAVEn also aims to identify information that is not needed and can be placed in low cost storage or even dumped.
Components of the platform include:
- Hadoop: All leading Hadoop distributions are supported by HP's open strategy
- Autonomy: HP IDOL allows seamless access to 100% of enterprise data - human- or machine-generated.
- Vertica: A scalable database platform that is custom-built for real-time analytics on large datasets.
- ArcSight: Provides real-time collection and analysis of logs and enterprise security events from an array of devices and data sources, leveraging Big Data to bridge operational intelligence and security intelligence.
- Operations Management: HP is the world’s leading software vendor for operations management.
In January 2014, HP released a new version of HP IDOL that strengthens integration with several key components of the HAVEn platform by expanding upon IDOL’s analytics, reliability and ease of use. CMSWire reported that the new release has "a lot under the hood here that will catapult IDOL firmly into the center of the big data fray."
The HP Autonomy business has primary offices in Cambridge, UK, and Sunnyvale, USA, as well as other major offices in the US, the UK, Canada, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Germany, and smaller offices in India and throughout Europe and Latin America.
Current HP Autonomy leadership:
- Robert Youngjohns, SVP & General Manager
- Rohit de Souza, GM Information Analytics & Search
- Rafiq Mohammadi, GM Marketing Optimization
- Mike Sullivan, GM eDiscovery & Information Archiving
- Neil Araujo, GM Enterprise Content Management
- David Jones, GM Data Protection
- Mike Salfity, GM Customer Communication Management
Additional information on business leadership can be found at www.autonomy.com/work/business-leadership/.
Many of Autonomy's senior executives left after the acquisition by Hewlett-Packard, "amid accusations that HP is too bureaucratic, and counterclaims that Lynch and his team failed to deliver on revenue targets". Months after Lynch's departure, Robert Youngjohns was appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager of HP Autonomy in September of 2012.
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