Topic: SSAS

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Parallelize ProcessAdd with AMO

In this article we see a function to enable parallelism in commands sent to Analysis Services by using the AMO library even when you need to use the change the QueryBinding. This function is useful because the current AMO library…  Read more

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Best Practices Using SUMMARIZE and ADDCOLUMNS

Everyone using DAX is probably used to SQL query language. Because of the similarities between the Tabular data modeling and the relational data modeling, there is the expectation that you can perform the same operations as those allowed in SQL.…  Read more

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Clever Hierarchy Handling in DAX

Hierarchy handling in DAX is not very easy, due to the fact that hierarchies, unlike it was in MDX, are not first-class citizens in the DAX world. While hierarchies can be easily defined in the data model, there are no…  Read more

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Incremental Processing in Tabular Using Process Add

In Analysis Services 2012 you can process a table in a Tabular model by several ways: you can process the whole table, you can split the table in several partitions and process a single partition, you can merge partitions and…  Read more

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Memory Settings in Tabular Instances of Analysis Services

Memory settings in Analysis Services might be an important tuning of a correct setup, both for production and developer machines. Analysis Services 2012 can be installed in different ways and the new Tabular instance has new memory settings that are…  Read more

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Automate PowerPivot Data Refresh in Excel

In many workshops and sessions about PowerPivot the most frequently asked question has always been: how can I automate the PowerPivot Data Refresh in Excel? I talked about that a few weeks ago.  Read more

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Separate date and time in PowerPivot (and BISM tabular)

In PowerPivot you can import data from several sources and it is often the case that you import a DateTime column from a database. From an analytical point of view, you usually make analysis over dates (day/month/year/quarter/week) and over time…  Read more

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DateTool dimension: an alternative Time Intelligence implementation

Year-To-Date and Difference-Over-Previos-Year (or Year-Over-Year Growth) are among the most required features of any user. Some OLAP client (like ProClarity) offers features that try to solve this problem client-side, but I don’t like this approach given that you might have…  Read more