Business Database Systems – What Litigators Need to Know
Anne Kershaw, Owner and General Counsel, Reasonable Discovery, LLC
Most organizations these days are run completely through database systems for virtually all aspects of the business: Accounting (including billing, banking, and asset management), Inventory, Human Resources, Sales, Contract Management, IT Management (including privacy monitoring and user access management), Building Access, Shipping, Vehicle Management, Marketing, Advertising, Engineering, Customer/Dealer Relations, Legal Operations, etc. Indeed, apart from the Litigation and Regulatory Compliance Groups, you would be hard-pressed to name an aspect of a business that does not involve database systems. While employees still use email and create stand-alone documents, even these communications are likely to end up being stored in, or tethered to, a business database system in addition to their original location. Indeed, these business systems are so vast and muti-functional, co-workers performing different job functions may not even realize that they are accessing the same database system. Since these database systems are effectively running the business, there is no question that they contain data and information that is helpful in investigating, defending, or prosecuting a litigation.
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