What’s new in SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.0 for Analysis Services

The public CTP 2.0 of SQL Server 2017 on Windows is available here! This public preview includes the following enhancements for Analysis Services tabular. Object-level security to secure model metadata in addition to data. Transaction-performance improvements for a more responsive developer experience. Dynamic Management View improvements for 1200 and 1400 models enabling dependency analysis and… Read more

Introducing a DAX Editor Tool Window for SSDT Tabular

The April 2017 release of SSDT Tabular for Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 comes with a DAX editor tool window that can be considered a complement to or replacement for the formula bar. You can find it on the View menu under Other Windows, and then select DAX Editor, as the following screenshot illustrates. You… Read more

New Get Data Capabilities in the GA Release of SSDT Tabular 17.0 (April 2017)

With the General Availability (GA) release of SSDT 17.0, the modern Get Data experience in Analysis Service Tabular projects comes with several exciting improvements, including DirectQuery support (see the blog article “Introducing DirectQuery Support for Tabular 1400”), additional data sources (particularly file-based), and support for data access options that control how the mashup engine handles… Read more

Introducing DirectQuery Support for Tabular 1400

With the production release of SSDT 17.0, Tabular projects now support DirectQuery mode at the 1400 compatibility level, so you can tap into large data sets that exceed the available memory on the server and meet data freshness requirements that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible to achieve in Import mode. As with Tabular 1200… Read more

Meet the Azure Analysis Services team at upcoming user group meetings

Come meet the Analysis Services team in person as they answer your questions on Analysis Services in Azure. Learn about the new service and features available now. The success of any modern data-driven organization requires that information is available at the fingertips of every business user, not just IT professionals and data scientists, to guide their… Read more

Learn how to “think like a Freak” with Freakonomics authors at Microsoft Data Insights Summit

With more than 5 million copies sold in 40 countries, Freakonomics is a worldwide phenomenon — and we’re thrilled to announce that authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner will join us for a special guest keynote at Microsoft Data Insights Summit, taking place June 12–13, 2017 in Seattle. The Microsoft Data Insights Summit is our… Read more

DirectQuery in SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services whitepaper

I am excited to announce the availability of a new whitepaper called “DirectQuery in SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services”. This whitepaper written by Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari will take your understanding and knowledge of DirectQuery to the next level so you can make the right decisions in your next project. Although the whitepaper is… Read more

Learn about Azure Analysis Services at the Microsoft Data Insights Summit 2017

We’re excited to participate in the Microsoft Data Insights Summit June 12 – 13, 2017 in Seattle, WA. This two-day event is designed to help you identify deeper insights, make better sense of your data, and take action to transform your business. This year’s Microsoft Data Insights Summit will be filled with strong technical content,… Read more

Online Analysis Services Course: Developing a Tabular Model

Check out the excellent, new online course by Peter Myers and Chris Randall for Microsoft Learning Experiences (LeX). Lean how to develop tabular data models with SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services. The complete course is available on edX at no cost to audit, or you can highlight your new knowledge and skills with a Verified… Read more

What makes a Data Source a Data Source?

It should be obvious, and it is — at least at the Tabular 1200 compatibility level: A data source definition in a Tabular model holds the connection information for Analysis Services to connect to a source of data such as a database, an OData feed, or a file. That’s straightforward. However, at the Tabular 1400… Read more