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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

About the Reviewers

Anindita Basak is currently working as a senior system analyst at Sonata Software in the Windows Azure Pro Direct Delivery group of Microsoft. She has worked as a senior software engineer on implementation of various enterprise applications on Windows Azure and Windows phone. She started her journey with Windows Azure in the Microsoft Cloud Integration Engineering (CIE) team and worked as a support engineer in Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd. With six years of experience in the Microsoft .NET technology stack, she is solely focused on Cloud and Microsoft Mobility. As an MVB, she loves to share her technical experience and expertise through her blog at

She recently worked as a technical reviewer for the books HDInsight Essentials and Microsoft SQL Server 2012 with Hadoop by Packt Publishing.

She holds a B.E in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology (formerly IIIT Calcutta). She has attended various business conferences and technology seminars of Microsoft.

Steve Hughes is a Practice Lead at Magenic. In his current role, he develops strategy and helps guide data, Business Intelligence, collaboration, and data integration development using Microsoft technologies, including SQL Server, SharePoint, and BizTalk. He continues to deliver data and Business Intelligence solutions using these platforms. He has been working with technology for over 15 years with much of that time spent on creating Business Intelligence solutions. He is passionate about using data effectively and helping customers understand that data is valuable and profitable. Steve can often be found at Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) events, where he serves as a regional mentor and is active with the Minnesota SQL Server User Group (MNPASS). He shares his insights about the field on his blog at

Cosmin Ioan is a data warehouse and Business Intelligence architect with over 16 years' experience in the Information Technology field, spanning development languages, systems administration, RDBMS and OLAP design, architecture, troubleshooting, and scalability on Microsoft, Oracle, and Sybase platforms. He has worked in consultancy and full-time roles for companies, public and private companies alike, such as Motorola, Citrix, Aetna, and Sheridan Healthcorp, chiefly building data warehouse and systems integration solutions, allowing companies to better harness and give meaning to their data assets.

When not working, Cosmin enjoys scuba diving and racquet sports.

Stevo Smočilac is an associate principal consultant at Magenic, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, who specializes in Business Intelligence solutions.

He has over 12 years' experience of working in software development, the last seven of which have focused on designing, implementing, managing, and administrating technical solutions developed using Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack. He has been involved in all phases of the BI development lifecycle from envisioning through operational support, and he is passionate about the field of Business Intelligence.

Stevo is currently a Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (V-TSP) for Business Intelligence, a Microsoft Certified IT professional, and holds a B.Tech degree in Information Technology.

Originally from South Africa, he now resides in (the much colder) Northeastern United States with his wife Talya.