A wide range of claims and news can be found online, from the technology "not being ready" to vendors declaring that AI is already within their tools. Ultimately, firms must decide when to invest in AI, or rather, which AI-enabled tool provides the best return on investment. By understanding how AI fits into their technology infrastructure and audit processes, audit managers and partners can most effectively choose the right solution. It's critical to understand what real AI and machine learning techniques mean, and the implications for the firm. So how do firms measure their readiness for AI and assess potential vendors?