The preceding press release is hot news as I write this. It will be less newsworthy as you read this, but still will be relevant to corporate IT managers. Microsoft finally has released the third version of its portal/document management/BI/collaboration suite, and there are significant changes and some very cool new features.
Rather than simply list the features of SharePoint 2010 in a structured manner, I am going to arbitrarily discuss some of the things that in my opinion make this product exciting.
BI certainly is one of the prime drivers for corporate IT. Executives and managers need easy access to business data in order to make appropriate, informed business decisions. Interactive personal computing has changed the way we do business, but until recently, it hasn't provided much in the way of providing actionable business data. Spreadsheets are powerful tools but, for the most part, are used as slick, interactive ledger sheets. SharePoint 2010 has raised the bar for external data access and analysis.