The pieces are finally falling into place. Over the past two years since that acquisition, HP has been building up Autonomy’s portfolio and pushing it in a million different directions. Late last night the master plan became clear.
HP is pulling Vertica, HP Autonomy’s core IDOL business, and all of the HP Autonomy Information Management and governance businesses to form the Big Data business group.
It is also taking its Aurasma augmented reality software and tying it into HP Autonomy’s customer engagement solutions to form the Marketing Optimization business group.
Between the two groups, HP will be making a major play not just for the lucrative big data market, but also for a giant sized slice of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) business.
HP’s Autonomy Business
While the announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, when you join the dots it all makes perfect sense. Since Meg Whitman took over at the helm of HP, she has insisted that the turnaround in the fortunes of HP would be predicated not just on building on the existing business units, but also on innovation within the company itself.
While there was considerable media coverage of the incomprehensible price paid for Autonomy and subsequent $6 billion write-down, less attention was paid to the technologies that came with Autonomy, especially its IDOL (Intelligent Data Operating Layer) server and the Aurasma augmented reality platform.
Over the past two years, HP Autonomy has been building around both these technologies, especially in the information management, governance space, as well as examining Aurasma for its possibilities across digital marketing and customer engagement.
However, if HP Autonomy was incredibly productive in the number of releases and upgrades that it announced during that period, it aslo corresponded with other developments across HP, particularly the acquisition of Vertica and its big data capabilities.
The potential of this became apparent at the beginning of this year when HP announced the release of a connector that tied Autonomy IDOL’s server and its unstructured data capabilities with Vertica and its massive structured data big data analytics. The result was an extremely powerful platform that could wrestle with any data management or analytics issues that even the biggest enterprises could throw at it.
A further development outside of HP was also going to put this into perspective. Over the past two years, the concept of the IoT has really taken shape and the possibilities that HP’s technologies offered in terms of pulling all the different data streams that are already beginning to emerge from connected home technologies, for example.
On top of this, HP has been developing technologies since the 1980s that are only starting to come into play now as the IoT emerges (we will be looking at this in more detail next week).
Streamlining the Business
The only thing that remained to be done to turn this into business opportunity was reorganize the different, disparate elements that HP was holding and streamline the business models, something that Robert Youngjohns, Autonomy general manager and HP executive vice president of software, had hinted at in an interview with CMSWire when this process began.