I cannot say that the acquisition by HP of search giant Autonomy bodes well.
Taking the parties past histories into account, this simply doesnt seem to be a good long term match.
Hence my advice is, “buyers beware”.
Autonomy was the darling of the UK tech sector. And the darling of investors, too, since from humble beginnings the firm has grown to just short of a$1 Billion in revenue, while consistently profitable.Buyers of its technology though have been less enthusiastic, regularly citing a firm that is arrogant in its dealings with customers, confused roadmap messages, and technology particularly the core IDOL platform that is overly complex and expensive to use.
Moreover the firm has grown primarily via acquisition of various overlapping products, followed only weeks later with boasts that the new product has been “integrated via the IDOL platform.” That common statement that has been the root of many a joke within the IT community. If only integration were that easy!