Monday, December 20, 2010

What is your Ultimate Professional Subscription?

swiss-army-knifeIf they offered a 12 month subscription to any or all the tools to equip you to be the best in your profession, what would it include?


I recently won a contest where the prize was a one year Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription. For a person that develops solutions using Microsoft technologies, there is no better prize. It is the Swiss Army knife of Microsoft Development. 

Here’s how I described the prize to my sister in terms she would relate to:


My brother-in-law is a  general contractor who does a lot of custom construction. He is constantly buying some new piece of equipment that he doesn’t have, but “needs” for this special job. If he had a Construction Equipment Ultimate Subscription, it would mean every time he needed a special tool like a spindle lathe, a vinyl siding cutter, or even a Bobcat, he would just take his subscription card to the local construction equipment store and redeem it for whatever non-perishable supply, machine, or equipment he needed that year.

The concept is really pretty Lean; get what you need, when you need it, in the form you want it.

Leave a comment to let me know what your Ultimate subscription would be.


photo credit: Jesse Sneed / CC BY-ND 2.0

1 comment:

  1. If you are a Six Sigma Black Belt, your Ultimate subscription might look like one year of unlimited access to:

    - Minitab or JMP software
    - Microsoft Office, Visio and Project
    - Calipers, micrometers, dial indicators
    - Free access to a Vision Measuring Machine or CMM when you need one.
    - SPC monitoring software