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Hi Tom,

It's a very interesting question that you raise.

On the one hand, xml on it's own doesn't really inherently support or
have any association with Audit requirments.

It's a bit like the seperation of the mechanics of the car versus
taking it out on the track for some fast laps... they are quite

I guess your question more relates to xml trading systems where
audit capabilities are very much a neccessity to have.

Of course, different systems have different levels of traceability
some ranging from very little/none through to quite thorough.

As a company, what we do is to provide a packaged trading
system with built in document tracing that provides for easier
auditing of every transaction that has ever occurred.

But custom systems seem to have an infinite amount of
variability in their degree of transaction traceability.

The other very important issue to be aware of is that in many
companies, a lot of xml data is "thrown away". And not retained.

This can often be because the "transaction record" is in the
CRM/Accounting system and no need is seen to keep the
xml record. I don't agree with that myself... but that's often
how it is.

To extend the complication further, some xml data has no
need for retention/tracking. Like product availability requests
and price information. These are completely transient in most 
peoples view and are never retained as there is simply never
any need.

Best Regards


On Thu, 17 Mar 2005 9:17 am, Vankerkom, Tom wrote:
> Hi all,
> I am creating an internal audit paper regarding XML.
> I am having troubles finding documents (papers, websites, articles, ...)
> about audit issues related to the usage of XML.
> The usage of XML can be as data interchange (EDI), database interfaces,
> content management, etc.
> If someone could provide me with some sort of audit programme, that
> would be perfect.
> A list of xml related audit issues would be just as great.
> Thanks,
> Tom Vankerkom
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