HP & Autonomy, once top quality brands, now in a race to the bottom.
The rot started setting in at HP when they got rid of their quality business divisions like bio and electronic instrumentation (now Agilent, and soon to be split again), and started concentrating on increasingly lower margin IT, particularly culminating in trying their hands in the cut throat cowboy world of IT outsourcing, particularly the purchase of EDS.
As an IT scrote, in various roles in enterprise IT, I've "worked" with both Autonomy (pre buyout) and HP/EDS in various separate roles as a client of each, and they were both as shit as each other when it came to software and IT outsourcing respectively, although the exception has been HP hardware that has been reasonably good. Both say the right words to the people that matter (golf course politics with the bean counters and self-appointed blue-sky thinkers mostly, triples all round) but there's a whole different shitstorm for the scrotes, on both sides of the fence, who have to implement and integrate. You mean you want to implement and integrate? That'll cost more.
If HP failed in Fred Goodwin proportions to cheap out on their due diligence, then they only have themselves to blame. Irrespective, for supposedly bright people, those at board level need to think more about their employer's trust and reputation, and less about something that they and their predecessor screwed up on. Relying on ambulance chasing lawyers has the same reputation (or lack of it) as taking out a payday loan. Unless you're the lawyer or the loan shark, you're going to lose.
To be honest, speaking as a scrote who's worked with them both, they deserve each other. As a bean-counter, you'll be taken for a ride, and not just around the golf course. In the meantime, my HP 8753A network analyser vintage 1983 is still working just fine, and still holds the same value it did when I bought it, thank you. And Autonomy and Big Data? Meh, keep it for the nineteenth and leave it there.