Paul Chapman, former vice president of VMware cloud operations, has been hired as CIO for Hewlett-Packard's software division.

Chapman will be responsible for the development and delivery of IT solutions for HP Software, which includes the Vertica and Autonomy product lines, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Autonomy and Vertica play major roles in HP’s cloud services products.

The latter is an analytic database management software product and the former a collection of software and services that include database search, information governance, records management, archiving, Web content management and social media analysis.

Chapman announced his new job July 6 on Twitter.

"Looking forward to tomorrow & joining the very impressive HP IT leadership team under @RamonBaez," Chapman said in a tweet.

Chapman will report to Baez, who was appointed senior vice president and global CIO for HP in 2012.

At VMWare, Chapman was responsible for all of the company's cloud operations, global infrastructure, networking, client service delivery, applications operation and global data centers, according to his profile.

HP names VMware's Paul Chapman as CIO for global software group.

A big part of Chapman's job will be maintaining performance and reliability for Autonomy cloud services. Like other traditional tech giants, such as IBM and Oracle, HP has had to contend with slowing hardware and software sales as customers head to the cloud for computing and application services.

In May, HP reported that sales of its software group were flat year-to-year in the fiscal second quarter. In the previous quarter, sales had fallen 4 percent.

Following the earnings report, HP announced that Robert Youngjohns, head of HP's Autonomy unit, would replace George Kadifa as HP Software leader. Kadifa took on a new role as executive vice president of strategic relations.

Earlier that month, the company announced plans to spend $1 billion over two years on cloud-computing products and engineering initiatives to compete against Amazon, Google, Microsoft and IBM.