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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

Retrieving data from a single table

The first recipe in this chapter examines how to display results from a table in the model; keep in mind that the table may contain calculated columns and these are also included in its structure. The base script includes several alterations, so that segments of the table may be retrieved.

The workbook (with the associated model) is available from the online resources at

Getting ready

The model used in this chapter is available from the online resources at We have installed DAX Studio so that the model within the workbook can be queried. Alternatively, the model can be imported to a tabular server and queried through SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio) although you would not see the model schema definition.


While using DAX Studio to query an embedded model (that is, a PowerPivot model stored in the workbook), ensure that the active cell is found on a pivot table that relates to the tabular model (while launching...