What's funny about this whole situation is that HP probably never would have bought Autonomy in the first place if it wasn't for SAP. The deal was masterminded by Leo Apotheker, as a part of his bid to take HP more deeply into the enterprise software and services space and go head-to-head with the German tech giant. Autonomy was supposed to be the first salvo in the bombardment Apotheker was to launch at SAP.
Instead, a little more than a year later, Apotheker was out, as was his strategy, and HP was left trying to sell the division to the company it was supposed to target.
Update: HP issued a response to Business Insider saying, essentially, the report is backwards. "During the past year, we’ve received inquiries from SAP about purchasing HP software assets, and time and again we’ve said 'no,'" the statement said. So there's two versions of this story, and they can't both be true. Either way, it looks like Autonomy will be staying put for the time being.
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Chuck House, shown here with son Warren, is co-author with Raymond Price, of THE HP PHENOMENON: INNOVATION and BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION (2009, Stanford University Press). He is Exec Director of InnovaScapes Institute, which published his memoir of HP Colorado Springs, PERMISSION DENIED, in 2013. House, Chancellor Emeritus of Cogswell Polytechnical College, was also executive director of Media X, Stanford University's research program on innovation, media and technology. Previously director of Intel Corporation’s Virtual Collaboratory, EVP R/D at Dialogic, President of Spectron Microsystems, SVP at Veritas Software and Informix Software after 29 years at Hewlett-Packard in a wide variety of roles. An IEEE Fellow for Logic Analysis technology, he also was President of ACM, the world’s largest Computer Science society, and is an ACM Fellow. He holds HPs only Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for "extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty". Other awards include Engineer of the Year, Smithsonian Wizard of Computing, Top 50 inventions of 20th century, CNN top 25 inventions of past 25 years, Intrapreneuring Honor Roll