A recent Methods & Tools poll tried to evaluate the usage of tools to automate execution of functional software tests. A similar poll was conducted in 2005. My organisation has no tool for functional software tests.......37% (38%) My organisation has tools, but my project or I do not use them..19% (26%) I use tools for functional tests................................44% (36%) Source: Methods & Tools (http://www.methodsandtools.com/) Particpants: 268 (147) End date: August 2009 (August 2005) There is an improvement of tool usage since 2005, but the results seem still to show an ambiguous situation to me: 63 % of companies have functional software tools, but 56% of participants don't use any tool for functional testing.