About Us

KonaSearch® is an AppExchange-certified, relevancy-based, full-text search application for Salesforce® that accelerates business workflows by automating the flow of information into and out of the search step of a business process. KonaSearch uses the full context of a task, a user, and other clues, then applies the same “best results first” principles to Salesforce objects and other sources of information, such as Microsoft SharePoint®. The results are displayed in a single universal Salesforce search tab.

KonaSearch is a division of Basis Technology, providing analytics enabling businesses and governments to tackle some of their toughest problems.  We engineer a safer and more productive world by building proven AI solutions for analyzing text, connecting data silos, and discovering digital evidence.

Management Team

Meet the management team behind KonaSearch.

Andrew McKay

General Manager

Andrew manages the KonaSearch business unit, following the acquisition by Basis Technology of the company he founded. KonaSearch provides deep search for enterprises that use Salesforce.com. He has been a principal contributor to the enterprise search market for 19 years as co-founder at Attivio (ServiceNow, Lucidworks) and VP Sales & Marketing at FAST (Microsoft). He acquired his SaaS experience as an executive at GetConnected (Allconnect) and VCI (Cisco), analytics experience as CTO at Praedictus, and database, BI, and ETL experience as principal architect and engineer at Hummingbird (OpenText) and Sybase (SAP).

Peter Ganza

Product Marketing

Peter is responsible for product marketing at KonaSearch. He has a wealth of experience in the Salesforce ecosystem having started product marketing for Salesforce Canada. His background includes transforming marketing at other ISVs as well as tenures at OpenText and Symantec where his roles ranged from product management, competitive intelligence and strategic marketing.

Kevin Watters

Software Architect

Kevin is the architect of the KonaSearch system. He has more than 15 years of experience working with search and information retrieval technologies. He applies his considerable expertise to designing and implementing solutions to complex search problems with a strong focus in custom security models, relevancy tuning and performance optimizations. He is also experienced in big data solutions, machine learning, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, and robotics. Previously he was a principal software engineer at Attivio and Senior Solution Architect at Fast Search & Transfer.

Koichi Kobayashi

Japan Sales Director

Koichi heads up business development for KonaSearch in Japan. Working side by side with his customers, he helps firms solve their search problems and meet their business goals with the flexible solutions of KonaSearch. With a long career in high-tech consulting, Koichi brings deep experience in artificial intelligence and product management lifecycle.