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IDOL 10 turns big biz data chaos into some sort of sense

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HP has announced the first offspring of its mammoth $10.24bn (£6.6bn) union with British software firm Autonomy.

The progeny, Autonomy IDOL 10, is a platform that pulls data from various sources including phone calls, email, social media and the web together with a company's data – such as customer logs – so it can be processed.

"For far too long, organisations have confined structured data to relational databases and unstructured data to simplistic keyword matching technologies," Mike Lynch, executive VP of information management at HP and founder of Autonomy, said in a canned statement.

"IDOL 10 brings these worlds together, allowing organisations to automatically process, understand and act on 100 per cent of their data in realtime."

Along with the platform, the firms are also introducing three new HP Autonomy Appliances powered by IDOL for archiving, rediscovery and enterprise search.

Both Lynch and HP must be glad to finally see the fruits of their labour, as the match was not an easy one.

HP was forced to extend the deadline on the deal when Autonomy shareholders dithered, even though they were unlikely to get a better offer. Then HP went through its PC business spin-off and WebOS debacles. And then the CEO backing the deal, Leo Apotheker, left HP.

However, now that HP has gulped Autonomy down, they're both keen to talk up what a good idea the whole thing was.

"Today's HP Autonomy Appliances announcement is a great example of the tremendous benefits we can deliver to customers as a result of the combination of HP and Autonomy," Lynch enthused. ®

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