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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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Deploying models with the Deployment Wizard

Some organizations do not allow the developers to deploy their projects directly into production, this change must be managed by a different group that does not use SSDT. In this situation, the developer needs to provide an alternative method to the model.

This recipe examines how this can be achieved by using a deployment utility that is installed with SSAS. The tool can provide two methods for deployment and we will investigate both. Note that both the methods only differ in the final stage of deployment.

When using the Deployment Wizard, the wizard analyzes files that are created as part of a project build to create an output action. This action can either be the execution of a script from within the tool or the creation of a script—the XMLA file (XMLA stands for XML for Analysis) that can be executed against the (tabular) server. In order to deploy with these methods, only the output files need to be created from SSDT, everything else is managed...