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Power Pivot Utilities 1.09

Bertrand d’Arbonneau added a new feature in the last version (v 1.09) of Power Pivot Utilities, which allows the visualization of Dependents and Precedents measures in the measure list created by the List Measures tool. How to use the new features: Clieck List measures to create a table with a

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Optimizing duplicated DAX expressions using variables

This article describes how to use variables to optimize the performance of DAX expressions containing multiple instances of the same measure or the same sub-expression.

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Context Transition and Filters in CALCULATE

This article explains how the context transition interacts with the filter arguments of a CALCULATE function in DAX. This is important in order to avoid unexpected results with complex calculations made in filter arguments.

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What has happened in the DAX world in 2017

We are approaching the end of 2017, so it is a good time to review what happened in the DAX world this year, what we’ve been up to at SQLBI and what is going to happen in 2018. New DAX functions in 2017 Microsoft released ten new DAX functions in

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How to handle BLANK in DAX measures

This article describes a counterintuitive behavior of BLANK in DAX measures affecting Power BI, Analysis Services, and Power Pivot. That behavior could cause mistakes in a report using alternate expressions of the same calculation. Indeed, these expressions are not equivalent when BLANK is involved.

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DAX Studio

DAX Studio is a tool to write, execute, and analyze DAX queries in Power BI Designer, Power Pivot for Excel, and Analysis Services Tabular. It includes an Object Browser, query editing and execution, formula and measure editing, syntax highlighting and formatting, integrated tracing and query execution breakdowns.

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VertiPaq Analyzer

VertiPaq Analyzer is useful to analyze VertiPaq storage structures for a data model in Analysis Services Tabular. A complete description and short tutorial is available in the article Data Model Size with VertiPaq Analyzer.

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Power Pivot Utilities

Power Pivot Utilities in an Excel add-in (based on a collection of VBA macros) that helps documenting PowerPivot models and facilitates the creation of pivot tables connected to the data model.

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Why data modeling is important in #powerbi

I have a long experience in working on reporting systems based on semantic models. Now we call them “self-service BI”, but the principles are the same we had in DSS (decision support system), OLAP (on-line analytical processing), and many other names that we’ve seen over the years. The basic idea

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Using KEEPFILTERS in DAX

This article explains how to use KEEPFILTERS to intersect instead of overriding an existing filter context in DAX, simplifying the code and improving performance.