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Open innovation in auditing - is there any such thing?

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Prof. Dr. Nick Gehrke

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The auditing industry and even external auditors themselves are usually considered to be a pretty conservative bunch, endowed with a critical and questioning attitude. An industry where innovations are often sought in vain. But, at zapliance, it's different, of course, because we're committed to the digitization of the audit process. In today's blog post, we are going to take things one step further and dare to broach the subject of Open Innovation...

 

Open innovation is the extension or opening up of an innovation process "to the outside world". This means taking advantage of potential for an innovation by involving people from outside the organization. In this case, that, of course, means you, the reader of our blog.

zap Audit investigates SAP data with the help of data indicators which represent individual audit questions. We want to open up our development process and ask our readers and fans which data indicators they think are best. We have put together three suggestions for data indicators that have not yet been implemented.

 

Join in!

Join in the innovation process and tell us which of the following three indicators you find most interesting and exciting. If there is a majority that shows an interest in a certain topic, we will then seek to prioritize the topic in our development process and go into it in more detail in one of our next blog posts!

Here are our three proposals:

Data indicator proposal 1: Investment not taken into account in cost accounting

Postings with depreciation of assets are determined and marked, where the expense due to the depreciation was recorded in Accounting, but not in Cost Accounting (for example, cost center).

Data indicator proposal 2: Missing documents in the optical archive

The system first determines whether an optical archive is used for incoming invoices, which links the posting in SAP with a scanned invoice. If an optical archive is used, the postings are singled out and marked in cases in which no scanned invoice was found.

Data indicator proposal 3: Different transfer prices in the Group

For goods/services sold, the invoiced sales prices for external customers and intercompany customers are compared on outgoing invoices. If the sales prices for the same goods/services differ significantly in statistical terms between external customers and intercompany customers, the outgoing invoices for these goods/services are singled out and marked.

You can vote for your favorite here:

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