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

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

SSMS DAX Query Editor

We are excited to announce the SQL Server Management Studio DAX Query Editor! Have you ever authored a DAX query in SSMS using the MDX editor? With the new DAX Query Editor, you no longer need to do. Download RC3 for vNext from the SSMS release candidate download page. To try it out, click on… Read more

Introducing SQL Server Data Tools for Analysis and Reporting Services for Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2017 brings improvements to performance, navigation, IntelliSense, Azure development, mobile development, and boosts productivity through live unit testing and real-time architectural dependency validation. There are many good reasons for developers to use Visual Studio 2017. And thanks to the timely availability of SSDT AS and RS for Visual Studio 2017, BI Pros do… Read more

What’s new for SQL Server vNext on Windows CTP 1.1 for Analysis Services

The public CTP 1.1 of SQL Server vNext on Windows is available here! This public preview includes the following enhancements for Analysis Services tabular. New infrastructure for data connectivity and ingestion into tabular models with support for TOM APIs and TMSL scripting. This enables: Support for additional data sources, such as MySQL. Additional data sources… Read more

How SQL Server 2016 and Power BI empower Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

Here’s a great case study about Mediterranean Shipping Company optimizing their business processes by taking advantage of the SQL Server 2016 Database Engine, Analysis Services, and Power BI. If you are particularly interested in Analysis Services, you might enjoy reading the section about complying with new Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) requirements, which… Read more

Improving Analysis Services Performance and Scalability with SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1

SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services delivered numerous performance improvements over previous releases, such as better modeling performance thanks to the new 1200 compatibility level for tabular databases, better processing performance for tables with multiple partitions thanks to parallel partition processing, and better query performance thanks to additional DAX functions that help to optimize the client/server… Read more

Improving the Measure Grid in SSDT Tabular

As the name implies, the measure grid is an SSDT Tabular feature to define and manage measures, as illustrated in the following screenshot. It is available for each table when you work in Data View in Tabular Model Designer. You can toggle it on and off by using the Show Measure Grid option on the… Read more

Introducing Azure Analysis Services

We are pleased to announce the availability of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services preview. With Azure Analysis Services, BI professionals can create BI semantic models based on data that resides in the cloud or on-premises, whether that’s SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse or other data sources to provide business users with a… Read more

Introducing Integrated Workspace Mode for SQL Server Data Tools for Analysis Services Tabular Projects (SSDT Tabular)

When you work with the model designer in SSDT Tabular, you are working with a temporary Analysis Services database that SSDT Tabular automatically loads on a workspace server. During the initial project creation, you must point SSDT Tabular to the desired workspace server, which must be a tabular Analysis Services instance that you can control… Read more