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Posted by Brian Hill on August 18, 2011
HP today announced plans for a significant transformation of its business, including a $10.3 billion purchase of technology vendor Autonomy. Upon completion, the deal will bring HP strong search and analytics capabilities and a deep and broad portfolio of eDiscovery, archiving, and records management offerings.
While this purchase holds promise, I’m skeptical about how it will translate to near- and mid-term advantage for enterprise customers focused on information risk management. Here’s why:
Ultimately, this deal will bring HP some strong technology assets and will provide an opportunity for the firm to get into a higher margin business. For example, I’ve had the opportunity to evaluate Autonomy’s archiving and records management offerings and have given them strong marks. On a call today, however, HP’s CEO said “Bringing Autonomy into the HP world will be seamless and highly complementary.” I’m not so sure. From an information risk management perspective, I expect a rough ride for joint HP and Autonomy customers.
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