Technology has always had a significant impact on audit production and new evolutions of equipment have made auditors more productive when working in the office or the field. This month, we look at the latest gyrations of hardware that have made or are making inroads into the audit scene and optimizing the way we work.
Today’s “workhorse” laptop is a 15.6-inch unit that has a full ten-key built into the keyboard. Most firms are still buying business models from Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Firms generally want faster i5 or i7 processors and 8 Gb of RAM to handle the extra applications auditors are loading on their third screen when they are in the office. Windows 8.1 and touch screens are just now making inroads into small and medium-sized firms, while larger firms seem to be holding onto Windows 7 (since most auditing applications have not been modified for touch). With more applications moving to the cloud, the need for local hard drive storage has decreased, paving the way to firms transitioning to the faster Solid State Drives, which pay for