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Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook

By : Paul te Braak
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Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook

By: Paul te Braak

Overview of this book

Business Intelligence Semantic Models (BISM) is a technology that is designed to deliver analytical information to users through a variety of mechanisms that include model structure, definition, and design. This book demonstrates how to create BISM models so that information can be presented to users in an intuitive and easy-to-use format. Once the model is defined, we also show you how it can be managed and maintained so that the data in it remains current and secure. Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook is an all-encompassing guide to developing, managing, creating, and using analytical models using the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM). This title covers a range of modeling situations and common data analysis related problems to show you the techniques required to turn data into information using tabular modeling. Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook examines three areas of tabular modeling: model development, model management and maintenance, and reporting. This book is a practical guide on how to develop semantic models and turn business data into information. It covers all phases of the model lifecycle from creation to administration and finally reporting. It also shows you how to create models which are designed to analyze data. All sections of BISM modeling from development to management and finally reporting are covered. The sections on development examine a wide range of techniques and tricks required to build models, including moving data into the model, structuring the model to manipulate the data, and finally the formulas required to answer common business questions; all of these are discussed in this book in detail. Finally, the book examines methods of reporting on the data within the model, including the creation of data-driven workbooks and reports for a powerful end user experience.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook
About the Author
About the Reviewers


Throughout this book, we have discussed tabular modeling with respect to the models and the client tools that interpret the models and display them to the enduser. Tabular models support MDX-based clients, and therefore, current clients can still be used against tabular models with the same look and feel as they had for multidimensional cubes. Examples of this have been demonstrated in the use of pivot tables, which are shown to the user in a multidimensional format.

However, the tabular model contains some settings that are designed for tabular clients. Exposing these features is the focus of this chapter. Here, we continue with the self-service theme of this book and introduce Power View (based in Excel 2013) as a reporting tool to present information to the enduser. We show how the model can be managed to present information to the user. To this end, the chapter is also an introduction to Power View. Power View has a different approach to traditional reporting. In traditional...