Top Ten Reasons to upgrade to SharePoint Server 2010

Following are my compilation for the Top Ten Reasons to upgrade to SharePoint Server 2010:

Business Connectivity Services

SharePoint Server 2010 and the Microsoft Office 2010 suites include Microsoft Business Connectivity Services, which is a set of services and features that provide a way to connect SharePoint-based solutions to sources of external data and to define external content types based on that external data.

Enterprise Search

With the new capabilities in SharePoint Server 2010, search administrators can configure an optimal search infrastructure that helps end users find information in the enterprise quickly and efficiently.

Excel/Access/Visio Services

Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 can be used to publish Excel client workbooks on SharePoint Server 2010.
Use Access Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to edit, update, and create linked Microsoft Access 2010 databases that can be viewed and manipulated by using an Internet browser, the Access client, or a linked HTML page.
The Visio Graphics Service is a service on the SharePoint Server 2010 platform that enables users to share and view Visio diagrams and enables data-connected Microsoft Visio 2010 diagrams to be refreshed and updated from a variety of data sources.

Health Monitoring

SharePoint Server 2010 includes an integrated health analysis tool called SharePoint Maintenance Manager that enables SharePoint Server to automatically check for potential configuration, performance, and usage problems.

Managed Metadata

Managed metadata is a hierarchical collection of centrally managed terms that you can define, and then use as attributes for items in SharePoint Server 2010. The Managed Metadata Service supports the use of managed metadata, as well as the sharing of content types across the enterprise.

PerformancePoint Services

PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides flexible, easy-to-use tools for building dashboards, scorecards, and key performance indicators (KPIs).

Sandboxed Solutions

You can deploy sandboxed solutions to quickly and more securely solve business problems. Sandboxed solutions are like farm solutions except in the following ways: they are rights-restricted and have a more permissive deployment policy than farm solutions; they are limited to the site collection to which they are deployed; and their server resource usage is monitored against an administrator-controlled quota for the site collection.

Social Computing

SharePoint Server 2010 includes social networking tools such as My Site Web sites and social content technologies such as blogs, wikis, and really simple syndication (RSS). These features are built upon a database of properties that integrates information about people from many kinds of business applications and directory services. You can adapt content to each user while enabling administrators to set policies to protect privacy.

Web Content Management 

With SharePoint 2010, it’s really easy to create and manage web pages. The Ribbon makes it intuitive, features likes one-click page creation and the ability to swap page-layouts very easily improve web content management productivity. Of course, features like ratings and tagging apply to web pages. Of course, we support WCAG 2.0 AA and allow users to comply with XHTML standards.

Upgrade/Windows Power Shell

Review upgrade requirements and find out about new upgrade tools and options, including information about the pre-upgrade checker, Visual Upgrade, and the test-spcontentdatabase Windows PowerShell cmdlet.
Windows PowerShell is the new command-line interface and scripting language specifically designed for system administrators.