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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
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Using and showing images

There is an old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. While we can naturally assess data more easily if it is presented in the correct visual format, pictures and images in reports add a style that add recognition to data. Consider the use of KPIs (KPIs were addressed in the Creating and using Key Performance Indicators recipe in Chapter 3, Advanced Browsing Features) that visually display performance. On seeing a set of KPIs, we can immediately assess the position.

Images are an attractive inclusion in reports because they are visually appealing and improve user understanding. This is because an image is immediately identifiable as a symbol—it holds a predetermined meaning for the user.

This recipe looks at what the tabular model requires for displaying data as images in Power View.

Getting ready

This recipe uses the Sales Model 2013.xlsx workbook available from the online content. There is no dependency on prior recipes.

How to do it…

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