The answer to auditing is transparent business workflow with the help of graphical representation. BPM software can graphically represent business processes that can be easily implemented when published.

By graphically designing business processes and implementing them using an integrated business process management system that monitors business workflow, an end user creates an easily auditable system of business processes.

The graphical design of a business process gives a visual representation of the process, making it easier to determine which interrelated tasks and activities are involved in the area being audited. The best defense against an audit by the authorities is having a transparent system with complete documentation. Business process management (BPM) software allows this to be possible with very little time and effort. This is especially true for an on-demand BPM system that does not require large initial investments for hardware and software installations.

Process mapping software typically uses business process modeling notation (BPMN) standards. Constantly being revised for optimization, the BPMN provides a graphical notation for displaying a business diagram. This allows it to be understood by all business stakeholders without need for explanation and it allows it to be understood by auditors as well. Among other standards of notation, the BPMN is the most widely accepted.

BPMN is also useful for optimization purposes. Mapping out the interrelations among processes can help determine which ones are affecting one another adversely. BPM software can even search for bottle necks and potential problem areas.