Destined to remain autonomous?
If Hewlett-Packard’s ouster last week of its chief executive means software is no longer front and center in the company’s future, no one told Mike Lynch, the chief executive of Autonomy.
H.P. said in August that it was buying Autonomy for about $10.3 billion. “The Autonomy deal is very significant for H.P.,” says Mr. Lynch. “It will transform the H.P. software business. That has to go hand in hand with hardware.” He met with Ray Lane, H.P.’s executive chairman, and Meg Whitman, the company’s new chief executive. “They said ‘We’re still completely supportive of the strategy,’” he says.