One of the things that is popular with SharePoint is bringing in data from other sources including external databases, web services, etc. In SharePoint 2007 we had the BDC; in this 15-minute screencast you will see how SharePoint 2010 takes the BDC to the next level with BCS. Better yet, you can download the new Beta 2 environment and try it for yourself.
On a recent engagement, I was producing graphs and metrics to show in a condensed format how well the team was proceeding toward the goals of the sprint and project as a whole. I thought these were an incredibly clear and concise way of showing exactly where a project was at any given moment, and I couldn’t understand why my beautiful graphs and charts weren’t being understood by the intended audience.
The reason for that is simple: The audience didn’t speak metrics and I hadn’t clearly explained the metrics I created.