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  • MDX Studio refresh

    If you work with MDX, using MDX Studio is a must, but it has not been updated for years. But community is great and Ihor Bobak has been able to apply two fixes: performance counters work with named instance and there is a single version regardless of the client libraries, so you have only one executable working with all available versions of ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on September 11, 2014
  • Embed Analysis Services Tabular in your service or application #ssas #tabular

    Since 2012 I have seen many companies adopting SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular as the analytical engine for their product or service. I think that this is still a fraction of the companies that might do the same choice. Why? Because… The features already existing in Tabular might be enough to justify its adoption as analytical engine. ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on September 9, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • SSAS Tabular from the Trenches in London on June 11, 2014 #ssas #tabular

    I will be in London to teach the Advanced DAX Workshop on June 11-13, 2014 (if you are interested, there are still seats available). During my stay, I will also deliver an evening community session titles SSAS Tabular from the Trenches on June 11, 2014 at 6:30pm. The London Business Analytics Group organized this free event and you can find ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on May 12, 2014
  • How to handle fact tables with different granularities in #dax #powerpivot #tabular

    A common question I receive from Excel users learning Power Pivot is how to handle table that have different granularities. In reality, this terminology is not the one they use: the concept of “table granularity” is used mostly by Kimball practitioners, who immediately identify this scenario in a “two fact tables with different granularities” ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on May 1, 2014
  • Interested in Self-Service Analytics at the PASS Business Analytics Conference?

    I don’t know if you’re planning to attend the PASS Business Analytics Conference. But you'll be missing a ton of great content especially for data, analytics, and business intelligence professionals. There's still plenty of time to register and, if you use my discount code – BABS2B – you'll get $150 off the conference ...
    Posted to Kevin Kline (Weblog) by KKline on April 24, 2014
  • The ISEMPTY function in #dax #powerpivot #tabular

    Microsoft silently added the ISEMPTY function to the DAX language in Analysis Services build 11.00.3368 (SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU4). This function is particularly important in DAXMD (when you use DAX to query a Multidimensional model), because produces a much better execution plan in OLAP than the alternatives based on COUNTROWS. There is an ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 22, 2014
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