Note - Sagent Technology Inc. and Ken Holcomb


                                      NOTE


$193,993.00


                                                                  March 15, 1999


        FOR VALUE RECEIVED, Ken Holcomb, promises to pay to Sagent Technology,
Inc., a Delaware corporation (the 'Company'), the principal sum of One Hundred
Ninety Three Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety Three dollars ($193,993.00), together
with interest on the unpaid principal hereof from the date hereof at the rate of
percent (4.62%) per annum, compounded semiannually.

        Principal and interest shall be due and payable on March 15, 2002.
Payment of principal and interest shall be made in lawful money of the United
States of America.

        The undersigned may at any time prepay all or any portion of the
principal or interest owing hereunder.

        This Note is subject to the terms of the Option, dated as of March 12,
1998. This Note is secured in part by a pledge of the Company's Common Stock
under the terms of a Security Agreement of even date herewith and is subject to
all the provisions thereof.

        The holder of this Note shall have full recourse against the
undersigned, and shall not be required to proceed against the collateral
securing this Note in the event of default.

        In the event the undersigned shall cease to be an employee, director or
consultant of the Company for any reason, this Note shall, at the option of the
Company, be accelerated, and the whole unpaid balance on this Note of principal
and accrued interest shall be immediately due and payable.

        Should any action be instituted for the collection of this Note, the
reasonable costs and attorneys' fees therein of the holder shall be paid by the
undersigned.

                                            /s/ Ken Holcomb
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                                           (Signature)
                                            Ken Holcomb   
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                                           (Print Name)