Innovation is crucial in the fast-paced business world where information is the currency. The accounting industry is witnessing a transformation in the manner in which audits are conducted with new technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) and data analytics and robotic procedure automation changing processes and delivering more efficient and effective results for clients.

Auditors can now deliver more insightful insights because of the capability to process and organize huge amounts of complex information at a pace previously unimaginable. The latest analytical tools can aid in identifying irregular transactions, patterns that are not apparent or other issues that might otherwise be missed and allow auditors to adjust risk assessment procedures accordingly. These tools also aid in identifying future problems and make predictions about the performance of a business.

Automated software and specialized programs can also reduce the amount of manual processing and reviewing work. For example, Argus is an AI-enabled document analysis tool that makes use of natural machine learning and language processing to quickly query electronic documents. It is being used by Deloitte auditors to help accelerate electronic document review that allows more time for the most valuable tasks, such as the assessment of risk and confirming results.

Despite these benefits There are a lot of obstacles that hinder the full use and adoption of technology in auditing. Particularly, research has shown that a combination of person, task and environmental factors influence the use of technology in audit. This includes the perception of the impact on independence as well as a lack of clarity regarding the regulatory response to the use of technology which can affect the desire to use it in the real world.

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