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Benefits of Conducting Business Database Discovery

Business Database Discovery

Managing IP magazine has published an article Jeff Johnson co-authored with Brent Babcock of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, “Discover Business Databases.” In the article, Babcock and Johnson summarize some of the benefits of pursuing discovery of business databases and offer advice on requesting database discovery.

The article also includes a sidebar in which discusses an interesting case where Quantum found crucial evidence in a 1990’s-era accounting system:

The traditional focus of e-discovery has been to manage unstructured data, such as electronic documents, e-mails, presentations, and spreadsheets. Today, courts and attorneys increasingly recognize that business databases – the informational heart of many organizations – represent a valuable but often untapped discovery resource. In fact, business databases may be the only place where certain information may exist. Obtaining the most meaningful data from databases requires specialized knowledge and tools. However, early assessment of the data potentially contained in such databases can help focus discovery efforts and thereby reduce litigation costs.  IP owners should be aware of the advantages of obtaining discovery of business databases compared to conducting traditional e-discovery of unstructured records.

Quantum offers significant discovery experience across a wide range of practice areas, involving FLSA, wage & hour litigation, intellectual property disputes, insurance claims, data breaches and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

Our technologies and methods enable us to execute finely-crafted inquiries into the data.  With over 20 years of experience across many relation-a database management systems and programming languages (including C, C++, C#, Java, .NET, VBA and many more), our development team couples database connectivity protocols with ETL (Extract Transform & Load) tools and processes in order to seamlessly extract and transform structured ESI.

Read the article here:



Founder & Principal Consultant
Quantum E-Discovery

Jeff believes in saving time and money in e-discovery by applying a variety of analytics tools early in a case, well before moving content to expensive final review platforms. Over the past 20+ years he has accumulated a variety of tools that can be applied as needed in specific situations. Read his full bio here.