When they set out to build Knightsbridge Solutions, now the largest consulting firm solely focused on business intelligence and data warehousing, the founders started with a blank slate –­ and an idea. They believed they could help organizations with large or complex volumes of data manage it more effectively through the application of high-performance technologies.

In June of 1994, IT implementation specialists Ki Chan, Jay Desai, Terry Ryan and Faisal Shah joined forces to build a boutique consulting and systems integration firm that specialized in applications of scalable parallel processing. They christened the company Knightsbridge, after an upscale, fashionable district in London that had been home to Desai. The first to bring parallel processing to the commercial sector, the founders soon realized that trained talent in this area was not readily available, existing hardware and software tools were bug-ridden and prospective customers didn't want to be "the first" with unproven technology. Instead of abandoning their goal, this team made a multimillion-dollar investment to train its own staff in parallel processing. Two years later, they had earned a reputation for delivering innovative technology solutions for organizations that needed high- performance solutions.

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