Software company Sagent announced Monday the appointment of Chris Hamlin as vice president and general manager of data mining and data quality. Hamlin comes to Mountain View, Calif.-based Sagent from SPSS, where he led the Chicago-based software company's global strategic partnering efforts. Sagent's new hire comes amid growing competition to refine corporate data--an emerging technology niche that some say could revolutionize e-commerce.
A number of start-ups are angling to streamline and simplify conflicting, duplicated and otherwise botched files--an unseemly plague known as "dirty data." After the data gets cleaned up, other companies use statistical analysis to uncover hidden patterns in seemingly random information--a process known as "data mining."