Financial statement audit

Tech-enabling the audit for enhanced quality and greater insights

PwC's tech-enabled audit

Emerging technologies have revolutionized many aspects of business, and the audit is no different. 

At PwC, we are tech-enabling the audit, matching emerging technology with the skills of our people to dramatically shift how we work. Our award-winning auditing tools help to shift manual tasks to machines, allowing us to focus more on areas of higher risk and deliver new insights.

Our people and approach are critical to this development. Technology is just the enabler.  We call it “human and machine collaboration” - and this combination is far stronger than either one alone.

PwC Wins 2017 Audit Innovation of the Year

We're proud to have been recognized for the second year running with the prestigious Audit Innovation of the Year award by the International Accounting Bulletin.

View more


Playback of this video is not currently available

Video: PwC's tech-enabled audit

How PwC is innovating the audit

Understanding your business and gaining deeper insights


Halo uses data analysis and visualization to identify areas of higher risk for your organization and generate insights.

  • Enables a greater understanding of your business to enhance audit quality
  • Visualizations offer deeper understanding of your business, resulting in greater insights 
  • Automation means manual tasks can be automated. 

Playback of this video is not currently available

Driving quality and consistency through a risk-based approach

Aura is our single instance “audit ERP” system that helps teams get work done one way - the right way - consistently and efficiently, globally and locally.

  • All audit elements fit together seamlessly 
  • Enables a risk-based approach
  • Underlying technology allows teams to optimize testing 

Connecting people in real time


Connect streamlines, standardizes and automates real-time communication in the workflow 24/7 wherever you are in the world.

  • Better information exchange and document management using a secure, web-based tool
  • Drives process efficiencies, significantly reducing the document management efforts
  • Real-time tracking enables speedy issue resolution 

Playback of this video is not currently available

Keeping an eye on the future

We continue to invest in our audit technology and the skills of our people to keep up with the rapid pace of change. For example:

  • Artificial Intelligence has the potential to automate much of what we do today. By combining AI technology with auditor expertise, we are creating products that exceed the abilities of both.
  • Robotic process automation is transforming the world of finance, including the audit. We are developing ways of robotizing (cyber-shoring) basic audit functions previously offshored.
  • Drones will bring viable solutions for many businesses in the near future, and audits are no exception.
  • Blockchain technology has the potential to significantly impact the audit, given the automation involved when recording transactions.



Playback of this video is not currently available

Confidence in the future

Explore discussions and points of view from our global Confidence in the future series.

How tomorrow’s technologies can help the finance function of today

We provide a practical perspective clarifying emerging technology’s role in the context of finance executives' pain points, whether it’s higher productivity in the finance function or improved working capital management; lower cost of compliance or higher quality assurance with stakeholders; stronger strategic planning or painless budgeting. Learn what’s here today - and what the finance function should do today to prepare for the future.

Emerging technology and the finance function


Tomorrow’s world: a revolution begins

Companies and other decision-makers use information to navigate through a complex world of risks and opportunities, amid technological advances that are unprecedented in their speed and impact. The world of information and trust is being revolutionized. What do companies and stakeholders need to consider to secure their place in tomorrow’s world?

Watch the video and read the report

Confidence in the future: Human and machine collaboration in the audit

Future uses of technology in the audit promise to be transformative. We look at how auditors are experimenting with automation today and we look ahead to imagine how emerging technologies will enhance the audit of the future.

See how technology is changing the audit

Read more

Emerging technology for your finance function podcast

Emerging technology for your finance function podcast

As new technologies emerge, how will CFOs and others in the finance function know where to start or which information is relevant and how to get it? We share first-hand experiences, lessons learned, and advice for adopting emerging technologies like automation and artificial intelligence into the finance function.

Start adding items to your reading lists:
Save this item to:
This item has been saved to your reading list.

Maria Moats

Vice Chairman and US Assurance Leader


By submitting your email address, you acknowledge that you have read the Privacy Statement and that you consent to our processing data in accordance with the Privacy Statement (including international transfers). If you change your mind at any time about wishing to receive the information from us, you can send us an email message using the Contact Us page.

Follow us