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Autonomy Corporation PLC
Type Public (LSE: AU.)
Founded 1996
Headquarters Joint Head Quarters: San Francisco, USA & Cambridge, UK
Area served Global
Key people Dr Michael Richard Lynch, OBE, Founder and CEO
Sushovan Hussain, CFO
Industry Information Technology
Products Search engine for unstructured Information
Revenue US$739.7 million (2009)[1]
Operating income US$272.2 million (2009)[1]
Net income US$191.6 million (2009)[1]
Employees circa 1,200

Autonomy Corporation PLC (LSE: AU.) is an enterprise software company with joint head quarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and San Francisco, USA. The company uses a combination of technologies born out of research at the University of Cambridge. It develops a variety of enterprise search and knowledge management applications using adaptive pattern recognition techniques centered on Bayesian inference in conjunction with traditional methods. In March 2009, it acquired the enterprise content management firm Interwoven, now Autonomy Interwoven and Autonomy iManage.

It is currently listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.[2]



Autonomy was founded in Cambridge, England by Dr Michael Lynch and Richard Gaunt in 1996 as a spin-off from Cambridge Neurodynamics.[3]

Autonomy floated in 1998 on the Easdaq exchange at a share price of approximately 30p. At the height of the "dot com bubble", the peak share price was £30.[4]

In December 2005 Autonomy acquired Verity, Inc., one of its main competitors, for approximately $500m.[5]

In May 2007 after exercising an option to buy a stake of technology start up, Blinkx Inc, and combining it with its consumer division, Autonomy floated Blinkx on a valuation of $250m.[6]

In July 2007 it acquired Zantaz, an email archiving and litigation support company, for $375M.[7]

In January 2009, it acquired Interwoven, a niche provider of enterprise content management software, for $775m.[8]


Autonomy is a proponent in what it calls "Meaning-Based Computing" (MBC). The main technology is called Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL), and is to unstructured information what a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) is to structured information. IDOL allows search and processing of text, audio, video, and structured information. The processing of such information by IDOL is referred to by Autonomy as Meaning-Based Computing.[9]

Autonomy's technology attempts to understand any form of unstructured information, whether text, voice, or video, and based on that understanding perform automatic operations on the information.


Autonomy also has over 400 OEM partners and more than 400 vendors and integrators, numbering among them are companies such as Citrix, EDS, Novell and Symantec. [10]


Autonomy has major offices in the US, the UK, Canada, France, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Germany and smaller offices throughout Europe and Latin America.

Senior management

The Company's Board includes:


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