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Sandra E. Serkes, President & CEO of Valora Technologies Inc.
Ms. Serkes is a dynamic leader with an extensive background spanning over 20 years in software marketing, product management and corporate strategy, particularly in document processing, computer telephony and speech recognition. One of Valora's original founders, Ms. Serkes has been actively involved in Valora since its inception in 2000. Today, Ms. Serkes oversees Sales & Marketing, Finance & Administration, Operations, Engineering and Corporate Strategy.

A graduate of both Harvard Business School and MIT, Ms. Serkes is a frequent industry speaker and panelist. She is an active participant in the Women Presidents' Org., The Commonwealth Institute, the MIT Enterprise Forum, the Massachusetts Software Council and the Network of Harvard Alumnae. Ms. Serkes serves on the boards of several technology and service start-ups. Ms. Serkes was named a 2006 "Woman to Watch" by Women's Business Magazine.

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January 30, 18|Categories: News|

Creating Structure from Unstructured Data

Creating Structure from Unstructured Data Webinar Recording

Join industry experts Karen Frazier and Sandra Serkes for part two of the 4-part webinar series.

Part 2 in our AutoClassification webinar series focused on the details of creating structure from unstructured data.

In this session, we explored:

  • The difference between structured, semi-structured and unstructured data
  • How to make sense of large piles of unclassified content, how to generate context, and how to leverage line-of-business SMEs to assure quality classification
  • Strategies for choosing a good place to start a content assessment project
  • Tips, tricks and pitfalls learned from the field when conducting content assessment projects
  • File type challenges, the value of OCR, clustering, and more!

View the PowerPoint featured in this video here.

DTI and Valora Technologies Announce Part Two of their AutoClassification for Legal Professionals Webinar Series

DTI and Valora Technologies Announce Part Two of their AutoClassification for Legal Professionals Webinar Series

Attendees will learn real-world strategies for taking control of data for information governance, records management and eDiscovery

ATLANTA, GA and BEDFORD, MA – December 19, 2017 – DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, management services, litigation support and court reporting, and Valora Technologies, the leader in predictive analytics and AutoClassification for information governance, are pleased to announce their continued joint participation in a four-part webinar series, titled “AutoClassification 101.”

AutoClassification utilizes computer software and algorithms to automate analysis and disposition of files and document content. Expert speakers will be Sandra Serkes, President and CEO of Valora Technologies, and Karen Frazier, Project Manager at DTI. Part two of the AutoClassification webinar series focuses on the details of creating structure from unstructured data, including:

  • The difference between structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data
  • How to make sense of large amounts of unclassified content, how to generate context, and how to leverage line-of-business subject matter experts to assure quality classification
  • Strategies for choosing a good place to start a content assessment project
  • Tips, tricks and pitfalls from the field when conducting content assessment projects

“Unstructured data is everywhere – from emails to shared drives to collaborative workspaces. It is more important than ever to utilize tools like AutoClassification to organize, monitor and manage this sea of content,” said Serkes. “We are excited to be collaborating with DTI on such a timely topic.”

“In a world facing unrelenting information overload, Valora’s PowerHouse® is a uniquely powerful weapon to help take control of ‘dark data,’ ” said Julie Colgan, Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation at DTI. “Our partnership with Valora is another way we are proving our commitment to investing in leading-edge information governance solutions.”

The first part of the series, “What is AutoClassification, and Why Should I Care?” occurred on Wednesday, November 15, and is available for download on Valora’s website. During the session, Colgan and Serkes discussed the impact AutoClassification makes when analyzing, organizing and controlling documents, files and other enterprise content. The session covered the history and evolution of AutoClassification as an indispensable tool for enterprise content management and information governance.

Remaining sessions in the series are:

In March 2017, DTI made a strategic investment in Valora Technologies, to make Valora’s AutoClassification and information governance technology broadly available to DTI and Epiq clients. Valora is a leading innovator in AutoClassification, predictive analytics and document data mining technologies for information governance, eDiscovery, and records management. The investment underscored DTI’s ongoing commitment to investing in leading-edge information governance solutions.

About DTI
DTI is a leading legal process outsourcing (LPO) company serving law firms, corporations and government entities around the globe. DTI helps its clients accelerate the changes they must make to remain competitive. DTI is a preeminent leader in the management of information and processes. The company manages risks and minimizes costs associated with complex litigation and compliance functions. The extensive experience in eDiscovery, managed services, litigation support, and court reporting is unmatched in the industry. To learn more about DTI’s global footprint, flexibility, capacity and world-class project management, visit www.DTIGlobal.com.

About Valora Technologies
Valora provides world-class AutoClassification, Data Analytics & Visualization technologies for the legal, records management, and information governance markets. We offer classification, data mining, analytics, coding and review, document intake and visualization, and hosted solutions for corporations & government agencies, as well as their advisory, inside & outside counsel organizations around the world. Valora has developed a strong expertise in the processing, management & analysis of complex data populations across large enterprises. Our solutions accommodate on premise, in cloud and SaaS environments, with additional support for sensitive material & mixed languages. For more information, please visit www.valoratech.com, or contact us at: 781.229.2265.

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December 27, 17|Categories: News|

AutoClassification 101: Creating Structure from Unstructured Data

A webinar series brought to you by Epiq and Valora Technologies

Creating Structure from Unstructured Data

Part 2 in our AutoClassification webinar series focuses on the details of creating structure from unstructured data.  In this session, we will explore:
  • The difference between structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.
  • How to make sense of large repositories of unclassified content, how to generate context, and how to leverage line-of-business subject matter experts to assure high-quality classification.
  • Strategies for choosing a good place to start a content assessment project.
  • Tips, tricks, and pitfalls learned from the field when conducting content assessment projects.
  • File type challenges, the value of OCR, clustering, and more!

Details:

Past sessions:

Upcoming sessions include:

Presented by:

Sandra “Sandy” Serkes, President & CEO
Valora Technologies

Sandra (“Sandy”) Serkes is a dynamic leader with an extensive background spanning over 20 years in entrepreneurship, software marketing, product management and corporate strategy, particularly in information governance, predictive analytics, document data mining and processing, computer telephony and speech recognition.
A graduate of Harvard Business School and MIT, Ms. Serkes serves as an Adjunct Professor to the Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Knowledge Management Program, where she lectures on “Solving Information Governance & Knowledge Management Problems with Pattern-Recognition Technologies & Predictive Analytics.” since Fall 2015.

Julie Colgan, Director of Strategy and Innovation
DTI

Julie joined DTI in 2016 to lead the Management Solutions strategic pathway as well as oversee and lead our RIM, IG and Technology areas. Prior to joining DTI, Julie has served as the Head of IG Solutions for Nuix where she led the Information Governance business line, including the development and oversight of market and product strategy. Julie’s stellar background also includes being the past president of ARMA International and serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for ARMA.

Karen Frazier, Senior Consultant, Records & Information
DTI

Karen provides subject matter expertise to our clients to support them in reaching their future-state goals aligned with industry best practices as they relate to Records Management and Information Governance. This includes Records/IG assessments, employee/candidate evaluation, software evaluation and migration support, strategic project support, and RIM program strategy and guidance.

 

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December 20, 17|Categories: News|

Winter 2017-2018 Thought Leadership Update

Welcome to Valora’s Winter 2017-2018 Thought Leadership Update

 

With the new year right around the corner, we thought we’d update our fans and champions with all of the things we’ve been up to this season.

Feel free to reach out to our Marketing Team with questions, ideas or requests, or to set up a live demo of PowerHouse or BlackCat.

 

Valora News and Publications

  • New Valora Information Governance Workshops 1/2 – 2 day workshops designed by our Professional Services Team with deep experience in file, record and data management to help organizations explore, uncover and prioritize their information challenges, initiatives, procedures, and policies.
  • Valora Wins Key Information Governance Award “Valora Technologies, Inc,. a leader in predictive analytics and AutoClassification for Information Governance, has been named 2017 Finalist for Information Governance Service Provider of the Year at the Information Governance Conference in Providence, RI.”
  • Up Close with Sandra Serkes of Valora Technologies Boston Voyager Article “Originally, I thought success equaled revenue growth, and then profit, and then stability. Today I would add a personal element to all of that, such as happiness and pride in your work and your accomplishments.”

New Valora Case Studies

Valora Happenings & Events

Recent Events

Live Webinar Recordings Available

Upcoming Events

 

 

  • PowerHouse AutoCoding now supports more flexible, and larger-scale data extraction, up to 1/2 TB per day!
  • PowerHouse Quality Control User Interface now supports custom field validations & field sorting algorithms.
  • Direct live email server (SMTP) intake , allows emails to be AutoClassified with no workflow interruptions.

 

  • BlackCat hosting and data visualization now supports high performance for large-scale document populations.
  • BlackCat now supports single-sign on (SSO) via SAML API.

What is AutoClassification and Why Should I Care? Webinar Recording

What is AutoClassification and Why Should I Care?

Join industry experts Julie Colgan and Sandra Serkes for part one of a 4-part webinar series discussing the impact AutoClassification makes when analyzing, organizing and controlling documents, files, and other enterprise content.

This session covered the history and evolution of AutoClassification as an indispensable tool for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Information Governance (IG).

View the PowerPoint featured in this video here.

 

November 17, 17|Categories: News|

Valora Wins Key Information Governance Award

Valora Technologies Wins Key Information Governance Award for Second Year Running

Finalist, IG Service Provider of the Year, 2017

BEDFORD, MA (USA) – October 10, 2017 – Valora Technologies, Inc. a leader in predictive analytics and AutoClassification for Information Governance, has been named 2017 Finalist for Information Governance Service Provider of the Year at the Information Governance Conference in Providence, RI.   As Best IG Service Provider, Valora received high praise from conference attendees for a combination of demonstrated technical acumen and industry leadership.

The Information Governance Conference notes, “The #InfoGov Awards are a way of recognizing the companies and people that are moving the Information Governance industry forward. The #InfoGov Awards are a completely unbiased awards ceremony, with awards chosen by the community through nomination and voting.”

2017 marks Valora’s second year running as Finalist for Information Governance Service Provider of the Year. Last year, Valora also won Finalist for Best Information Governance Pitch of the Year.  In 2015, Sandra Serkes, Valora’s President and CEO, won Information Governance Expert of the Year.

Left to Right: Collin Cahill, Lynn Thompson, Cliff Dutton. Inset: Sandra Serkes.

“We are honored to receive this continued recognition from arguably the world’s leading authorities on Information Governance,” remarked Serkes.  “We are devoted to promoting the very best practices and technology in the fields of document analytics, classification and machine learning.”

 Earlier in the conference, Serkes served as moderator and panelist for the “AutoClassification in the Real World” session on Wednesday, September 27, 2017.  She was joined by Colin Cahill, Records Manager for Charles Stark, Jr. Draper Laboratory; Lynn Thompson, Data Scientist; and Cliff Dutton, Chief Innovation Officer for DTI, a recent investor in Valora Technologies.


About the Information Governance Con
ference
InfoGovCon is the premier conference for Information Governance practitioners from all facets of Knowledge Strategy, Records Management, Litigation & eDiscovery and Corporate Information & Compliance. The conference aims to build and foster community, promote learning and best practices, and provide networking opportunities for the IG community with its interactive sessions, panels and presentations.

About Valora Technologies, Inc.
Valora
 is a world-class provider of AutoClassification, Data Analytics and Machine Learning technologies for the Legal, Records Management & Information Governance markets. We offer data mining, analytics, coding and review, document intake and visualization, and hosted solutions for corporations & government agencies, as well as their advisory, inside & outside counsel organizations around the world.

Valora has developed a strong expertise in the processing, management & analysis of large and small matters with complex requirements, such as short deadlines, sensitive material & mixed languages. Our specialty is providing efficiency, organization and cost control.

For more information, please visit Valora’s websiteLinkedIn profile, or contact us at: 781.229.2265.

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October 11, 17|Categories: News, Valora Technologies Blog|

Boston Voyager – 9/18/17 – Meet Sandra Serkes of Valora Technologies in Bedford

Meet Sandra Serkes of Valora Technologies in Bedford

By Boston Voyager Staff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sandra Serkes.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Valora started when its founders realized there was not a good way to “link” data form one area to another, even when the associations were readily apparent. We built a software engine to identify patterns in files and associate related information. There was an immediate need in the legal community where large document populations are the norm and there is an unending need to discover “who knew what when.”

Today we would call such terms “metadata” and the technology that identifies them “AutoClassification.” Originally providing our technological capabilities as an outsourced service, Valora today supports SaaS and cloud-based options in addition to outsourced services, as well as on premises product installations of PowerHouse and BlackCat, our flagship products.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road, but what is? Some obstacles we faced were erratic, project-based revenues, and the rise of competition. Any purely services-oriented company will face days of feast and days of famine, as the project work ebbs and flows.

That was one of the driving decisions towards productizing our capabilities and offering more round-the-clock and round-the-world offerings – to even out the demand and utilization. Today about 70% of our work is recurring in nature (rather than one-off), and that has made an incredible difference in our stability and ability to invest in our future.

The second obstacle that we were bound to face eventually was competition. Even the best technologies will eventually come under attack. First, we were hit with low-cost offshore labor as a potential competitive approach and later, other competing technologies. The solution to both was (and continues to be) to keep investing in the technology to make is stronger and more and more capable. Also, today our longstanding reputation has become a strong factor as we have “seen it all” when some newer entrants really haven’t.

Valora Technologies – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Valora is a technology-based provider of automated document analytics, classification and management services for the legal, records management & information governance markets. We offer data mining, analytics, coding and review, document intake and visualization, and hosted solutions for corporations & government agencies, as well as their advisory, inside & outside counsel organizations around the world.

Valora has developed a strong expertise in the processing, management & analysis of large and small matters with complex requirements, such as short deadlines, sensitive material & mixed languages. Our specialty is providing efficiency, organization and cost control.

It would be easy to say we are most proud of our technology, but that is really only part of the total Valora picture.

Indeed, we are most proud of our 16 year longevity in the industry and with our clients, some of whom has been with us almost the entire time!

What sets us apart from others is our commitment to using technology to create clever, efficient and highly functional solutions for our clients. We are known for our ability to problem-solve and our professionalism, and that is the highest compliment a company can get!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I have a lot of personal measures for success, and they change a bit over time. Originally, I thought success equaled revenue growth, and then profit, and then stability. Today I would add a personal element to all of that, such as happiness and pride in your work and your accomplishments. Over the years I have become an industry expert and mentor to others and that has been extremely rewarding.

Going forward, my success markers will be an ability to fully realize the potential of our product base and take the company global.

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September 18, 17|Categories: Feature 1, News|

Summer 2017 Thought Leadership Update

Welcome to Valora’s Summer 2017 Thought Leadership Update

 

While many people use the summer time to kick back and relax, Valora is busy bringing AutoClassification to every LegalInformation Governance, and Records Management Department around!

 

Check out all the fresh content Valora is generating, who has been covering us , and all the other exciting activities that took place over the past few months.

 

Feel free to reach out to our Marketing Team with questions, ideas or requests, or if you’d like to set up a demo of PowerHouse or BlackCat in action.

 

New Valora Publications

Case Studies:

Product Datasheets:

  • PowerHouse Valora’s AutoClassification platform automatically generates hundreds of fields of metadata, with AutoRedaction, retention policy enforcement, ROT detection, GDPR compliance and much more.
  • BlackCat Valora’s Metadata Management and Data Visualization system is a secure, online environment for managing content across multiple data silos.

FAQs:

 

Valora In The News

GDPR Preparedness:

As of May 25th, 2018 the European Union (EU) will alter business requirements for companies that possess personal information pertaining to EU residents. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to any company doing business with customers in the EU, and will have a far reaching impact, beyond just EU borders.

Columbia University:

Valora CEO Sandra Serkes and other Columbia Information & Knowledge Strategy faculty share their insights around building and fostering innovation.

New Team Members Announcement:

“… pretty much the technology dream team,” remarked Sandra Serkes, Valora’s President & CEO. “I think that’s a testament to Valora’s market promise and our solid technology stack.”

Valora/DTI Strategic Partnership:

DTI-Epiq successfully completed its strategic, minority investment in Valora, marking the coming-of-age of AutoClassification and the clear commitment of DTI-Epiq to invest in leading-edge Information Governance solutions.

PowerHouse now supports automated Legal Hold detection and workflow processing for all types of files, records, and content across an enterprise. Part of its sophisticated retention, expiration and defensible deletion capabilities, PowerHouse Legal Hold detection ensures proper Information Governance of all data, including files meant for Legal Hold.

Check out our brand-new PowerHouse Scanning Demo that shows off this powerful add-on to the PowerHouse software suite. With native integration directly into PowerHouse, scanned documents join their ESI brethren for seamless and identical AutoClassification processing.

BlackCat now supports Document Retention & Obsolescence Scheduling from within its FirstLook user view. Authorized users now actively monitor files ready for expiration, deletion, Legal Hold or attorney review.

 

Join Valora at InfoGovCon this fall!

Press Release-Valora Technologies Strengthens Core Engineering Team With Key New Hires

VALORA TECHNOLOGIES STRENGTHENS CORE ENGINEERING TEAM WITH KEY NEW HIRES

Industry Veterans Mary Vogt and Scott Mackey Drive PowerHouse™ Software Development for Rapidly Growing AutoClassification Firm

BEDFORD, MA – June 30, 2017 – Valora Technologies, Inc., a world-class provider of AutoClassification, Data Analytics and Machine Learning technologies for the Legal, Records Management & Information Governance markets, today announced two key appointments to its expanding Core Engineering Team. Mary Vogt and Scott Mackey join Aaron Goodisman, Valora’s Chief Technology Officer, and the rest of the Valora Engineering team, with specific focus on building out the company’s PowerHouse™ and BlackCat™ AutoClassification and Data Visualization products.

Mary Vogt serves as Senior Software Engineer, with a 20-year background in enterprise document management and web services. She previously worked directly with Mr. Goodisman at SilverStream Software (now MicroFocus), as well as prior engagements with Lotus, FileNet, and as as an independent software consultant. Mr. Goodisman and Ms. Vogt studied together as undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Ms. Vogt also holds a Master’s Degree from Simmons College.

Scott Mackey joins the team most recently from Dell EMC, with previous experience in analytics and full-stack Java development at iRobot, General Dynamics, and other leading Massachusetts technology firms. With 10 years of Java-based development expertise, his background in REST APIs and both Java- and web-based UI design is ideally suited to Valora’s work in enterprise-scale AutoClassification. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Colorado.

“This is pretty much the technology dream team,” remarked Sandra Serkes, Valora’s President & CEO. “We are lucky to draw such outstanding individuals in this very tight labor pool for engineering talent. I think that’s a testament to Valora’s market promise and our solid technology stack.”
Valora will continue adding to its Engineering group throughout the year, capitalizing on its recent investment from DTI Global.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Mary and Scott to the Valora team,” said Valora CTO Aaron Goodisman. “We have a lot of exciting ideas for moving the product suite forward and this group is uniquely qualified to implement them.”

About Valora Technologies, Inc.

Valora is a world-class provider of AutoClassification, Data Analytics and Machine Learning technologies for the Legal, Records Management & Information Governance markets. We offer data mining, analytics, coding and review, document intake and visualization, and hosted solutions for corporations & government agencies, as well as their advisory, inside & outside counsel organizations around the world.

Valora has developed a strong expertise in the processing, management & analysis of large and small matters with complex requirements, such as short deadlines, sensitive material & mixed languages. Our specialty is providing efficiency, organization and cost control.

For more information, please visit Valora’s website, LinkedIn profile, or contact us at: 781.229.2265.

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781.229.2265

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June 14, 17|Categories: News|
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