Inside Look at How Auditors in Canada Are Using Data Analytics

By CPA Canada
Published: 7/1/2019

There is lots of buzz in the business press about big data. But how does big data fit into the audit profession? Find out what auditors from nine public accounting firms are saying about their experiences in applying data analytics to their financial statement audit engagements and how others can leverage their insights. 

Why and how are Canadian auditors using audit data analytics (ADA)? Has such use been effective? How are client management and audit committees reacting to such use? These are some of the matters explored in a recent initiative undertaken by CPA Canada's ADA Committee.

The initiative involved CPA Canada holding a series of interviews with engagements teams from nine participating public accounting firms ranging in size from very small to very large to discuss use of data analytics on specific audit files.

CPA Canada urges auditors to read this report and use what they learn to move the dial with respect to ADA implementation in their own engagements, at their firm, and in Canada more broadly. 

Inside Look at How Auditors in Canada Are Using Data Analytics