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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

Creating a Power View report

The first recipe examines how to create a Power View report and navigate the reporting surface. Our goal is simple, we have been asked to investigate trends in sales by Product Category, Month, and Country. This is done by creating a grid on the design surface and then manipulating it.

Getting ready

This recipe is based on the PowerPivot model shown above—the model in the workbook (Sales Model 2013.xlsx) is available from the online resources. Once a tabular model has been converted to an Excel 2013 format, the model is no longer compatible with the Excel 2010 add-in (and cannot be opened or used in Excel 2010).

All the tabular modeling features that relate to Power View can be set in Excel 2010 (the same menu paths are used); however, the results are only visible in Excel 2013 (since this is the only version of Excel that has Power View available). An Excel 2010 version of this file is also available from the online resources.

The Power View and PowerPivot add-ins...