I write as the owner of a small IT consultancy for systems administration. We own Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite and thought it might draw independent developers so that we can offer additional services.
We now find that a significant number of developers are using 'Subversion' the free developer product. Our concern is that this expensive package might not draw capable and experienced developers. Presently looking for informed opinions on whether the Visual Studio package is something developers value as multiplier of productivity.
We also look to broaden the pool of candidates in the Washington, D.C. Metro area with skills and a track record in any of the VS platform editions... Architecture, Developer, Database, Testing, Web and Mobile. Any guidance on connecting to the independent pro community is greatly appreciated.