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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

Restoring a workbook to Analysis Services

Once the tabular model has been created in Excel, it can be immediately imported to a SSAS server, thus allowing multiple people to query it and additional (XMLA/MDX) client tools to access it. This recipe shows how to import an existing Excel model to the SSAS (tabular) server.

Getting ready

The workbook used in this recipe is the same as the workbook developed in the Allocating data at different levels recipe in Chapter 5, Applied Modeling. This is also the same workbook that was used in Chapter 6, Programmatic Access via Excel.

In order to import the workbook directly into SSAS, it must be saved with a .xlsx (nonmacro) extension.

How to do it…

Let's start and connect to an SSAS server (with the storage in tabular mode).

  1. Open SQL Server Management Studio and connect to the Analysis Services (tabular instance).

  2. Right-click on the database node and select Restore from PowerPivot. This is shown in the following screenshot:

  3. Navigate to the file using the Browse...