One of the requirements for management system standards is that internal audits be conducted of the processes of the management system. Internal auditors might find that when they are creating their plan for how they will audit the process that there appears to be less to look at than in the past. It might also seem that audits can be completed quicker than in the past because information is so readily available.
For comparison purposes, in the beginning when audits were conducted of the management system, it typically would take longer than audits conducted today simply due to the amount of time it would take to retrieve documented information. For example, in the past an auditor would ask to see a copy of the design review for a specific design project, and the search would begin. The project engineer might look in a series of binders, or in later years, on their computer drive. However, the computer drive was usually not organized in any structure and the amount of time to find the design review documented information was not reduced.