MineSet was one of the better data mining packages of recent years. Developed by Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI), it achieved modest success with more than 150 customer installations. Unfortunately, SGI's main line of business is high-performance servers, not data mining software. As their hardware sales started to decline, they deemphasized MineSet and eventually closed it down.

Happily, some ex-SGI people have struck a deal with SGI to revive MineSet. Headed by managing director Gareth Lane, the new company, Purple Insight, is working closely with SGI to do this. Lane was direct sales manager for SGI in the United Kingdom.

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