Real engineers program. The best engineers I have ever worked with are software hackers. The code is usually not elegant, can hardly be used by others, and is so single minded in purpose as to be *almost* useless. But it allows the author to get an almost impossible job done, and usually about 10x faster.
And therein lies the truth. If the $30k enterprise software can’t accomplish the job, the best engineers program around the deficiency. And this is what separates the best from the rest.
The best don’t complain about the fact the gui doesn’t have a radio button for that function, they provide the analysis needed for upper management to make informed, timely decisions.