Once upon a time, in a land not so very far away, there lived a young man named, uhhh, Bob. Bob was a software engineer who worked with custom CAD/CAM applications for a particular, and very large, well-respected contractor to the U.S. Navy.
One day, someone in the Navy contacted Bob and asked if he would like to demo his software to them. Bob was given air fare and booked at a hotel, and thus, he made the journey across the continent to demo his software. The people in the Navy smiled, shook his hands and said “we’d like to contract your company to provide this as our standard toolset. okay?”
Bob smiled, and said, “okay!”. Bob then traveled back to his humble town. The next day at work, Bob approached his manager about the news. Bob’s manager called the division manager at his company and shared the good news.
The division manager replied “We’re not a software development company. No. And you can’t do that on your own either since we own it.”