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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

Deploying models from SSDT

The prior recipes in Chapter 7, Enterprise Design and Features, that deal with SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT), create a workspace database on a tabular server. This is used by SSDT as a temporary database (or model) for display and as a database that Excel can use (when you choose to analyze the data in Excel through SSDT). When SSDT is closed, the database is lost.

In order to persist the database, so that it is constantly available to end users, it must be deployed to an SSAS (tabular) server.

Getting ready

This recipe continues from the Creating perspectives recipe in Chapter 7, Enterprise Design and Features.

How to do it…

Let's start by examining the deployment properties for our project:

  1. Confirm the deployment options of the solution by right-clicking on the solution and selecting Properties. The window opens as shown in the following screenshot. Change the Deployment Server settings if desired. These include the tabular server, the database (the name of the database...