Using Legacy Data Sources in Tabular 1400

The modern Get Data experience in Tabular 1400 brings interesting new data discovery and transformation capabilities to Analysis Services. However, not every BI professional is equally excited. Especially those who prefer to build their models exclusively on top of SQL Server databases or data warehouses and appreciate the steadiness of tried and proven T-SQL queries… Read more

Online Analysis Services Course: Developing a Multidimensional Model

Check out the excellent, new online course by Peter Myers and Chris Randall for Microsoft Learning Experiences (LeX). Lean how to develop multidimensional 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 Certificate for a small… Read more

Model Comparison and Merging for Analysis Services

Relational-database schema comparison and merging is a well-established market. Leading products include SSDT Schema Compare and Redgate SQL Compare, which is partially integrated into Visual Studio. These tools are used by organizations seeking to adopt a DevOps culture to automate build-and-deployment processes and increase the reliability and repeatability of mission critical systems. Comparison and merging… Read more

What’s new in SQL Server 2017 CTP 2.1 for Analysis Services

The public CTP 2.1 of SQL Server 2017 is available here! This public preview includes the following enhancements for Analysis Services tabular models. Shared M expressions are shown in the SSDT Tabular Model Explorer, and can be maintained using the Query Editor. Data Management View (DMV) improvements. Opening an file with the .MSDAX extension in… Read more

Building an Azure Analysis Services Model on Top of Azure Blob Storage—Part 1

In a comment to a recent blog article, Bill Anton raised a question about the target scenarios for the modern Get Data experience in Tabular 1400 models, especially concerning file-based data sources. So, let’s look at a concrete example from my personal to-do list: Building a Tabular model on top of industry standard synthetic data… Read more

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

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