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Sales staff face the chop, engineers not so much

HP to axe Autonomy workers

HP is to axe around 70 sales staff from its British acquisition, Autonomy, while hiring new research staff.

According to The Register, a leaked internal memo outlined HP’s plans for the company, which stated: “As part of this, we are continuing to invest in our R&D capabilities around the world; in fact, we expect to hire at least 50 additional engineers for Autonomy in the near-term to lead new initiatives and technical prowess.”

Apparently, the plan going forward is to find a way for tie Autonomy’s ‘Aurasma’ software, which can recognise images and overlay video, to other HP products created by the Print and Personal Systems groups.

The memo states that this change in strategy means that: “while a number of roles will remain largely unaffected by this, other roles within Aurasma will no longer be required going forward and some workforce reduction is likely.”

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