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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

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Creating a Tabular Model Using SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

  1. 1. Creating a Tabular ModelUsing SQL Server 2012 Analysis ServicesSteve HughesPrincipal Consultant, MagenicMay 2, 2012
  2. 2. Agenda» Basics of SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services» VS Multidimensional Model» VS PowerPivot» Creating a Tabular Model – AKA the Demo» Wrap Up
  3. 3. SQL Server 2012 Analysis ServicesOnly two models, really?
  4. 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. 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. 6. VS Multidimensional ModelsWhat happened to my UDM and why isn’t it good enough?
  7. 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. 8. VS PowerPivotIs a tabular model really PowerPivot for SQL Server?
  9. 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. 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. 11. New Features in Both» Hierarchies» KPIs» Perspectives» Diagram View (YAY)» New DAX functions» And more…
  12. 12. The Tabular ModelCreating the tabular model in SSAS
  13. 13. Building the tabular model» Source: AdventureWorks (not the DW version)» Plan » Create project » Add data source » Add measure » Add partition » And more …
  14. 14. Wrap UpQ & A and my contact info
  15. 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: » Twitter: @DataOnWheels » Email:
  16. 16. More SQL Learning Opportunities» New England SQL Server User Group ( » 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 ( » Meets on First Tuesday of each month » Meets here – MS in Waltham» SQL Saturday #142 – Waltham ( » 5/19/2012: 30 sessions on SQL Server » Event is here – MS in Waltham
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