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  • Power Query support for Analysis Services (MDX)

    Today at TechEd Europe 2014 Miguel Llopis made the first public show of Power Query support for Analysis Services. This is still not available, but it should be released soon (hopefully it will be our Christmas gift!). Here is a list of features shown:It should be able to query both Multidimensional and TabularGenerates query in MDX (no DAX by ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on October 28, 2014
  • A strange behavior of AutoExist for MDX on Tabular models #powerpivot #ssas #tabular

    Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about a strange behavior of AutoExist in normalized data models. I always say that a star schema is the best practice in Power Pivot and Tabular data modeling. The issue described by Alberto is another good reason to avoid snowflake schemas. I think that an example is better than many words. Consider ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on October 21, 2014
  • Simulate the SQL WHERE condition in DAX–#dax #powerpivot #ssas

    I recently wrote a short article about filtering data in DAX. In the last month I’ve seen a growing number of people with a SQL background going to Tabular, without having a previous experience of MDX. In my opinion, learning DAX is easier if you try to match its features to SQL rather than to MDX. The reality is that DAX is somewhere in the ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on September 29, 2014
  • Possible SWITCH Optimization in DAX – #powerpivot #dax #tabular

    In one of the Advanced DAX Workshop I taught this year, I had an interesting discussion about how to optimize a SWITCH statement (which could be frequently used checking a slicer, like in the Parameter Table pattern). Let’s start with the problem. What happen when you have such a statement? Sales :=     SWITCH ( ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on August 18, 2014
  • New training on Power Pivot with recorded video courses

    I and Alberto Ferrari started delivering training on Power Pivot in 2010, initially in classrooms and then also online. We also recorded videos for Project Botticelli, where you can find content about Microsoft tools and services for Business Intelligence. In the last months, we produced a recorded video course for people that want to learn Power ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 30, 2014
  • DIVIDE vs division operator in #dax

    Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about DIVIDE performance in DAX. This new function has been introduced in SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 SP1, so it is available also in Excel 2013 (which still doesn’t have other features/fixes introduced by following Cumulative Updates…). The idea that instead of writing: IF ( Sales[Quantity] ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 24, 2014
  • Use of RANKX with decimal numbers in DAX #powerpivot #ssas #tabular

    Using decimal numbers in Power Pivot and Tabular might produce small rounding differences in certain calculations. This is nothing new when you work with floating point, as many programmer knows. The implementation of RANKX might suffer of a behavior producing wrong results when the measures used for the ranking returns a decimal value. For ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 16, 2014
  • Calculate the rolling average for 12 months in #DAX and a nice IF optimization

    Alberto published the Rolling 12 Months Average in DAX article on SQLBI a few days ago, which includes interesting consideration about how to avoid the pitfall of touching the boundaries of the Date table, which could result in a calculation error. More interesting for the geek of us is the optimization of the measure to avoid the IF statement. ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 3, 2014
  • Calculate New, Returning, Lost, and Recovered Customers in #dax

    Calculating the number of new and returning customers is a recurring question. I would say this is a “classical” Business Intelligence problem, very common in marketing department. I worked on these problems with many customers, with small and large datasets, and I wrote a DAX Pattern “New and Returning Customers” showing how to calculate: New ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on June 26, 2014
  • Basket Analysis with #dax in #powerpivot and #ssas #tabular

    A few days ago I published a new article on DAX Patterns web site describing how to implement Basket Analysis in DAX. This topic is a very classical one and is also covered in the many-to-many revolution white paper. It has been also discussed in several blog posts, listed here in historical order: Simple Basket Analysis in DAX by Chris Webb ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on June 12, 2014
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