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Creating a Tabular Model Using SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

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At Code Mastery Boston Steve Hughes, Principal Consultant at Magenic, highlights: Basics of SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services, Multidimensional Model, VS PowerPivot, Creating a Tabular Model

At Code Mastery Boston Steve Hughes, Principal Consultant at Magenic, highlights: Basics of SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services, Multidimensional Model, VS PowerPivot, Creating a Tabular Model

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  • 1. Creating a Tabular ModelUsing SQL Server 2012 Analysis ServicesSteve HughesPrincipal Consultant, MagenicMay 2, 2012
  • 2. Agenda» Basics of SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services» VS Multidimensional Model» VS PowerPivot» Creating a Tabular Model – AKA the Demo» Wrap Up
  • 3. SQL Server 2012 Analysis ServicesOnly two models, really?
  • 4. How many models in SSAS?» BISM (2012) » Business Intelligence Semantic Model» UDM (2005-2008 R2) » Unified Dimensional Model» Multidimensional Model» Data Mining Model» Tabular Model
  • 5. Connectivity model or data model? Third-party Reporting Excel SharePoint applications Services PowerPivot Insights» Connectivity » BISM» Data BI Semantic Model Multi- Data model dimensional Tabular » Tabular Business logic MDX DAX » Multidimensional and queries Direct Data access ROLAP MOLAP VertiPaq Query Databases LOB Applications Files OData Feeds Cloud Services
  • 6. VS Multidimensional ModelsWhat happened to my UDM and why isn’t it good enough?
  • 7. Multidimensional model differentiators» Tabular » Multidimensional » In memory cache » File based storage » Loose structure » Rigid structure » Data does not need to move » It is best when data is put into a from source star schema » Relational model » Dimensional model » DAX » MDX » Simple » Complex » Smaller » Larger
  • 8. VS PowerPivotIs a tabular model really PowerPivot for SQL Server?
  • 9. PowerPivot differentiators» Tabular » PowerPivot » Visual Studio Project » Excel » Deploy to SSAS » Deploy to SharePoint » Size limited to memory » Size limited to 2GB » Supports Partitioning xVelocity »No partitions » DirectQuery and Vertipaq » Vertipaq only » Server Admin tools (e.g. SSMS) » Excel and SharePoint “Admin” » Row level & dynamic security » Workbook file security
  • 10. Vertipaq is now xVelocity» Vertipaq has been rebranded into xVelocity » Vertipaq was too hard to spell and did not contain “x”. » xVelocity » In memory, highly optimized data storage and querying engine » Used in » PowerPivot » SQL Server Analysis Services – Tabular model » SQL Server – Column data store
  • 11. New Features in Both» Hierarchies» KPIs» Perspectives» Diagram View (YAY)» New DAX functions» And more…
  • 12. The Tabular ModelCreating the tabular model in SSAS
  • 13. Building the tabular model» Source: AdventureWorks (not the DW version)» Plan » Create project » Add data source » Add measure » Add partition » And more …
  • 14. Wrap UpQ & A and my contact info
  • 15. Steve Hughes» Principal Consultant with Magenic» Over 15 years with SQL Server» Chair of Minnesota SQL Server User Group (PASSMN)» PASS Regional Mentor for US-NorthEast Region» Contact Info » Blog: http://www.dataonwheels.com » Twitter: @DataOnWheels » Email: steveh@magenic.com
  • 16. More SQL Learning Opportunities» New England SQL Server User Group (http://nesql.org) » 5/10/2012: How to not be a cranky DBA » 6/14/2012: Reducing data integration TCO – SQL 2012 Best Practices » Meets here – MS in Waltham» Boston BI User Group (http://bostonbi.org) » Meets on First Tuesday of each month » Meets here – MS in Waltham» SQL Saturday #142 – Waltham (http://sqlsaturday.com/142) » 5/19/2012: 30 sessions on SQL Server » Event is here – MS in Waltham
  • 17. Thanks for joining us