"A commercial software company will spend a significant
amount of effort on the "50,000 foot view" of what it wants to do
with its software and what its research tells it the market is in
"A commercial software company wants to enter the RFID space?
Sure, just throw 100 engineers and marketing people at the task and
a few years later the market has a new whiz bang RFID application
to choose for whatever RFID ambitions it has.
"Open source RFID? First look for a standard and develop
software around it and hope the result is adopted en mass.
"Product development is where commercial software has the
advantage -- even if the commercial service is built with open
source components like the Googles and Facebooks of the world."