6 audit challenges resolved through innovation

6 audit challenges resolved through innovation

Technology has simplified major challenges in auditing over the years. Discover how audit processes have changed.

Today’s auditors and companies benefit from technological breakthroughs that automate tasks, streamline communications, and offer rich insights. However, before the use of new technology, those same audit processes were manual and inefficient. Learn how innovations transformed six key audit processes.

Crowe teams understand and embrace current and emerging technologies to support audit quality.



Workflow management

Fragmented workflow management

Auditors tracked large engagements with multiple parallel workflows using a patchwork of manual processes and disjointed tools.

Digitized workflow

Digital workflow and project management tools make it possible for audit teams to manage responsibilities real time with integrated solutions.

Knowledge management

Lack of in-depth understanding

Prior to ubiquitous access to information on the internet and knowledge management solutions, finding relevant client, industry, or regulatory information was a time-consuming and manual effort.

Access to knowledge

The internet and the ability to corral industry, firm, and client information into a knowledge management system allows auditors to rapidly access knowledge about clients, their industries, and the regulations affecting them.

Evidence gathering

Manual information gathering

Auditors requested and gathered information in multiple hard copy formats and communications, tracking all documentation via time-consuming manual processes.

Cloud-based file sharing

Cloud-based portals enable auditors to efficiently request, review, and collaborate on the vast amount of information, as well as track progress throughout the audit.

Account confirmation

Inefficient confirmation process

Auditors sent confirmation requests to third parties using traditional postal services, a laborious and inefficient manual process.

Digitized process using RPA

Secure, automated communications and robotic process automation (RPA) help distribute confirmations and ingest information.


Disconnected collaboration

When auditors visited clients in person, they couldn’t connect to a network and had to sync up work papers once reconnected at the office.

Real-time collaboration

Portable Wi-Fi routers, personal hot spots, and ubiquitous secure connectivity pave the way for centralized, real-time collaboration.

Data analysis

Limited data analysis

Auditors could analyze only limited sets of data at one time, relying on samples for data analysis.

Advanced data analysis

With sophisticated data analytics and business intelligence software, auditors can examine large sets of data for deeper, richer insights.

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Brian Jackson
Partner, Audit & Assurance