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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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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.

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.

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!

Spring 2017 Thought Leadership Update

Valora in the News

DTI completes its strategic investment in Valora, marking AutoClassification’s coming-of-age, and a clear commitment to investing in leading-edge Information Governance solutions.

Webinars, Events, and Appearances

The long awaited book by numerous industry luminaries features Sandra Serkes’ chapter on  “Predictive Analytics for Information Governance.” Order your copy here.

 

 Featuring Sandra Serkes and Nick Inglis, Information Coalition President

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Sandra Serkes
Valora Technologies CEO
 
              Valora showcased AutoClassification by Matter Name with live
      PowerHouse & BlackCat demos
 
              Featuring Sandra Serkes and Eugenia Brumm, HBR Consulting
 
 

Valora Product Updates

  • Rules Engine now supports Data Driven Rules, which automatically generates rules from data lists, retention policies, and corporate databases and ERP systems.
  • New tunable Confidence Level Rankings available for all metadata extraction and rules dispositions in PowerHouse.  Tune processing to you level of comfort!
  • Full integration with Tesseract OCR from Google, versions 3.0 & higher, for better text recognition and search results.
  • AutoRedaction now supports full, partial, transparent and blackbar redactions, with full or black & white TIFF images.

  • Point of View Pivoting toggles the center of reference across any important attribute, such as Document Count, Employee Count, Incident or Location.
  • Automatic link support from HR and ERP systems, such as UltiPro, take users directly from a database record to the supporting documentation behind it.
  • Custom maps display geographic data across a wide array of visualization options, from global to street-level, with many custom options.
  • Global editing lets user make single metadata changes or additions and have the apply everywhere applicable.

e-Discovery Journal – March 30, 2017 – DTI Invests in Valora Autoclassification

By Greg Buckles

It seems that I was not the only one interested in how Valora’s PowerHouse could address the sprawling corporate digital landfills. DTI has made a minority investment in Valora to provide the functionality to their Information Governance clients. In the M&A  world, a minority investment from what is essentially a giant channel partner is ‘neither fish nor fowl’to use a 17th Century idiom for something that is not easily categorized. We understand acquisitions, but Valora remains an independent organization from DTI and maintains its woman-owned status. The real question is how this will affect the nascent partner channel that Valora had just started to cultivate. Will DTI competitors be willing to use PowerHouse when they imagine that DTI can undercut them on the license fees? Will Valora essentially become a captive technology that is resold exclusively as a DTI service? This is essentially what happened to Patterns when FTI acquired Attenex. I don’t think that DTI’s investment comes at the price of Valora’s independent status, but I do think that the Valora team will have to work a bit harder to reassure potential channel partners or non-DTI customers of that fact. This investment confirms my new webinar slide (below) that shows DTI having the largest number of acquisitions/investments in the eDiscovery market. Early M&A Impact poll and interview results are starting to paint a picture of the concerns facing consumers when their provider is acquired or takes a large investment that changes their Go To Market strategy. So take my poll to see the results and join the ILTA webinar by Duane Lites and myself on April 12th to hear our take on how the eDiscovery market is consolidating and how you can mitigate the risks.

Stay skeptical my friends!

 

 

About Author

Greg Buckles wants your feedback, questions or project inquiries at Greg@eDJGroupInc.com. He solves problems and creates eDiscovery solutions for enterprise and law firm clients. His active research topics include analytics, mobile device discovery, the discovery impact of the cloud, Microsoft’s Office 365/2013 eDiscovery Center and multi-matter discovery. Recent consulting engagements include managing preservation during enterprise migrations, legacy tape eliminations, retention enablement and many more.

Greg’s blog perspectives are personal opinions and should not be interpreted as a professional judgment. Greg is no longer a journalists and all perspectives are based on best public information. Blog content is neither approved nor reviewed by any providers prior to being posted. 

 

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Press Release – March 29, 2017 – DTI Makes Strategic Investment In Valora Technologies

DTI MAKES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN VALORA TECHNOLOGIES

Global eDiscovery and Legal Services Market Leader Invests in AutoClassification Information Governance Pioneer

Atlanta, GA and Bedford, MA – March 29, 2017 – DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, management services, litigation support, and court reporting, and Valora Technologies, Inc., the leading innovator in AutoClassification, Predictive Analytics and Document Data Mining Technologies for Information Governance, eDiscovery, and Records Management, today announced that DTI has successfully completed a strategic, minority investment in Valora Technologies, Inc.  The investment marks the beginning of the coming-of-age of AutoClassification and the clear commitment of DTI to invest in leading-edge Information Governance solutions. Learn more.

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LegalTech News – March 29, 2017 – DTI Looks for Next Step E-Discovery, Info Gov with Minority Investment in Valora

The investment allows Valora to focus on technology development over services, while DTI’s clients get access to data classification technology.

By Ian Lopez

E-discovery is a buyer’s market, defined by large companies like LDiscovery and OpenText buying up industry players to enhance their own service delivery. But the biggest purchase monetarily in 2016 was made by DTI, which bought Epiq in a deal valued at $1 billion that merged the two companies.

The company’s investment aspirations, though, did not stop there. Today, DTI announced a minority investment in Valora, a Bedford, Massachusetts-based technology and services company focusing on a variety of legal document management tasks.

As part of investment round in which Valora accrued $1.75 million in equity funding, the investment allows DTI and Epiq clients access to Valora technology for automated data classification and data mining. For Valora, the investment allows the company to shift resources toward technology development, part of an existing plan to focus more on technology than services. Neither company would comment on the financial specifics of the investment.

Valora will remain an independent company, and it had a relationship with DTI prior to the investment, auto-coding documents for in-house company and e-discovery projects, Kevin Jacobs, vice president of mergers and acquisitions at DTI, told Legaltech News. He noted that DTI was currently working on “active proposals” to provide Valora, and that the technology was already available to some clients.

“The purpose of the investment is to help advance the development in [Valora’s] categorization engine” to make it more product-focused, Jacobs added. Primarily a technology-enabled services company, “they kind of eat their own cooking if you will, and so we wanted to expand the product. We needed the product to be more market facing, and to streamline some of the processes to make sure it’s super effective for us to provide the services for our clients.”

In terms of DTI’s investment strategy, the company wants the technology to make the company “part of the day to day process of data management and compliance,” for clients, Jacobs said. He added that the company is “certainly looking” at other technologies but not discussing them at this time.

Valora’s “auto-classification” technology automates different tasks on the legal workflow, applicable to e-discovery, records management, litigation and information governance, for which it was chosen as a finalist for different categories at the annual InfoGovCon event in 2015 and 2016. Prior to the investment, the company was primarily “provisioning services on [its] technology core,” Valora CEO Sandra Serkes told LTN.

“What’s starting to happen is there’s more and more demand for the technology itself,” she said.

Among Valora’s services are document coding, review, intake and visualization; analytics; and hosting. DTI’s services include litigation support, court reporting, and managed services.

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Nasdaq GlobeNewswire – March 29, 2017 – DTI Makes Strategic Investment in Valora Technologies

Investment makes Valora’s pioneering AutoClassification and information governance technology available to DTI and Epiq clients

ATLANTA and BEDFORD, Mass., March 29, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, management services, litigation support, and court reporting, announced that it has completed a strategic, minority investment in Valora Technologies, Inc. Valora is a leading innovator in AutoClassification, predictive analytics and document data mining technologies for information governance, eDiscovery, and records management. The investment underscores the commitment DTI has made to investing in leading-edge information governance solutions.

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ComplexDiscovery – March 29, 2017 – DTI Makes Strategic Investment in Valora Technologies

Investment Makes Valora’s Pioneering AutoClassification and Information Governance Technology Available to DTI and Epiq Clients

ATLANTA, GA and BEDFORD, MA – March 29, 2017 – DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, management services, litigation support, and court reporting, announced that it has completed a strategic, minority investment in Valora Technologies, Inc. Valora is a leading innovator in AutoClassification, predictive analytics and document data mining technologies for information governance, eDiscovery, and records management. The investment underscores the commitment DTI has made to investing in leading-edge information governance solutions.

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