Thursday, October 17, 2013


Some people might wonder why a “lit support vendor” would be attending the ARMA National Conference in Las Vegas.  Truth is, Valora’s capabilities have been exceeding “lit support” for a long time.  We find kindred spirits in ARMA, because we are looking at the larger world of corporate documents – for lots of purposes, litigation being just one of them.  In the last 18 months, we have seen tremendous convergence between traditional litigation and eDiscovery with Records Information Management and Information Governance.  In fact, last month I gave a presentation to the NYC chapter of ARMA on “5 Things Litigation Can Teach Records Management and 5 Things You Can Teach Them.”  (Let me know if you’d like a copy of the slides.)  We are going to see more and more of this kind global information management, where litigation is but one use of an organized and controlled data governance strategy.  Watch this space for more on this topic in the weeks to come.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

25 Cool Valora Things

I am often asked, “what’s the coolest thing Valora has ever done?”  That’s a toughie because Valora does a lot of cool things and I would be hard-pressed to pick just one.  Having just gotten yet another totally awesome request yesterday, I decided to compile a list of The 25 Coolest Things Valora Has Ever Done.  

If you think we forgot some, email me at:  And, if you’d like to learn more about any of the real-world scenarios on that list, just email or call.  We’d be happy to share our stories with you (to the extent we are able).

And, finally, here's a bonus cool thing:  an Auto-Generated Word Cloud for the content on this page.

  1. Re-orient and AutoCode documents presented in "mirror writing"
  2. Capture the Japanese "Showa" Date off of documents
  3. Assess long distance spending habits by analyzing multiple years of corporate phone records
  4. Create metadata for (paper) documents from 1901 - 1925, including Near Dupes
  5. Analyze credit card receipts to determine his & hers spending habits for a high profile divorce
  6. Automatically determine if documents are Classified
  7. Identify buildings by address, building number or building name (e.g., "Trump Tower")
  8. Index video files, with generated stills that correspond to key phrases & topics
  9. Uncover an "inappropriate relationship" within standard business communications
  10. Identify likely missing documents from email chains, custodians and shared drives
  11. Code work product documents that included Valora invoices and emails in them (talk about recursive self-reference!)
  12. Determine which applicants were lying on their hiring application
  13. Translate documents to/from Japanese, German, French & English to each of the other 3 languages
  14. Identify bodies of water in documents
  15. Analyze shipping records to identify unusual purchasing behavior
  16. Select "best" versions from multiple reports and coverage of the same event
  17. Audit the results of Onshore Doc Review vs. Offshore Doc Review vs. AutoReview
  18. Determine what type of information was likely underneath document redactions (blackouts)
  19. Identify the cell phone of an NBA player
  20. Match 25,000 index cards with appropriate database records
  21. Redact out ages of minors (no redactions for 21+)
  22. Review documents for 162 unique "Issues"
  23. AutoUnitize a 300,000 page PDF into "logical" documents
  24. Graph potential smuggling routes based on email traffic and news reporting
  25. Index 30 million records in 3 months (that's over 300,000 records every 24 hours)