Autonomy != Automated
Updated December 04, 2014

Autonomy != Automated

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

7, 10

Overall Satisfaction with HP Universal Search

Autonomy is used to provide the search feature in multiple of our company's products.
  • It adheres to traditional Microsoft standards such as: fact-dump documentation with no coherent story or 'best practices' information, inability to automate common tasks, intentional obfuscation of its basic operations.
  • It provides OK search results. Not great, but OK.
  • There are about a dozen different config files to maintain, and the most important one is dynamically modified by Autonomy itself while it runs. Which means that it is impossible to automate the configuration or keep the configs in versioned source control. Even `cp *.cfg ~/cfgbak/` won't help you roll back a change, because it is never safe to restore a previous config. You'll be using `diff new.cfg old.cfg` a lot.
  • The Linux port is poorly thought out. The binaries are named *.exe. The scripts contain both `echo 'Are you sure you want to start the service? Hit ctrl-C to cancel''; read dummy` and, I kid you not, a `chmod a+x /path/to/my/binary.exe`.
  • Many features are poorly documented, leading to lots of back and forth with the support department just to answer basic questions like "what does this error code in my logs signify?"
  • It seems to reinvent the wheel, poorly, everywhere. E.g. the scheduled backup feature rolls through a user-defined finite list of directories in which to store backups. On day 0 it uses directory 0, on day 1 it uses directory 1, and after day N it rolls back and overwrites directory 0. Why would this be preferable to using a single directory and naming zip files based on the current timestamp?
  • I have learned to tack a zero onto the end of any estimate I make for how long an Autonomy change will take in both planning and implementation.
Management wants to see ROI on the (hefty) cost of purchasing this software, and has mandated that we continue using it.

We would prefer to switch immediately.
It does a decent job at its core functions (that other free software does just as well or better).