HP launches new software using Autonomy technology

Hewlett-Packard has launched its first software to use technology gained from a $12bn acquisition of British group Autonomy.

US company HP's new platform processes unstructured information, such as telephone calls, emails and video, and structured data in databases, making all forms of information searchable, HP's vice-president of information management, Mike Lynch, said.

Lynch, who founded Autonomy, said the launch showed the rationale behind the deal, which closed eight weeks ago.

"We believe fundamentally that information is moving away from the rows and columns of databases, which has powered the industry for 40 years," he said.

HP has started selling Autonomy's technology, used by governments and multinationals, to small and medium-sized firms, he added.

Autonomy was acquired as part of a shift towards higher-margin software that was accelerated with the arrival of former chief executive Leo Apotheker.

Shareholders were less enthusiastic about Apotheker's changes, resulting in his ousting in favour of former eBay boss Meg Whitman in September.

Lynch said he was relishing the opportunities available as part of the bigger group and, even after pocketing hundreds of millions of pounds from the deal, he was sticking around.

Many other Autonomy employees also received large payouts.

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