What is CaseWare Constellations?

One of our challenges as an auditor using audit system, is the ability to visualise the relationships between the key elements identified within our engagement file.

Constellations is a visual diagram that enables users to visualise the relationships between the key elements identified in an audit engagement. By using various views of the data, all members of an audit team can review the critical data. Constellations allows users to navigate through the knowledge accumulated in the audit engagement file, such as the FSA, Risks, Controls and Reportable Items information. Traditional methods are structured so the auditor accumulates this information across a number of forms.

Constellations:

  • changes the way an auditor completes a risk based audit by providing a powerful tool to visualise the relationships between financial statement areas, risks, controls, and procedures so the auditor can identify, assess and respond to those risks that have the potential to materially affect the financial statements.

  • Constellation’s filtering ability provides auditors with an overview of all the data and then allows them to zoom and filter the key information that the auditor needs to focus on at any phase in an audit engagement.

 Constellation enables the auditor to produce a more efficient and more accurate assessment of the data accumulated during their audit. It also helps the auditor meet audit documentation standards of their risk assessment.

The constellations can be viewed in three different layouts which are shown in the figures below:

Figure 1 - Standard view 

This layout organizes nodes and connects associated areas using lines. Hovering on a node will highlight the relationship.

 

Figure 2 - Node Group View

This layout organizes nodes and associated areas into clusters.

 

 

Figure 3 - Sorted Group View

This layout displays all nodes sorted into groups and connects associated areas using lines. Hovering on a node will highlight the relationship.

 

 

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