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  • New edition of the Analysis Services Tabular book #ssas #tabular

    Last year I and Alberto Ferrari wrote a new edition of the Analysis Services Tabular book, which official title is Tabular Modeling in SQL Server Analysis Services (2nd Edition). Some delay in editing and production delayed the printing, but the book is finally available, so I can present it with a dedicated blog post, explaining its goals and ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 26, 2017
  • Using and optimizing DirectQuery in #powerbi and #ssas #tabular

    More than one year ago, I and Alberto Ferrari started to work on DirectQuery, exploring the new implementation appeared in Analysis Services 2016 for the Tabular models, which uses the same engine of Power BI. The previous version of DirectQuery appeared in SSAS Tabular 2012 was very slow and suffered of performance issues also using small models. ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on April 19, 2017
  • VertiPaq Analyzer 1.7: a fundamental tool for #powerbi #powerpivot #ssas #tabular diagnostics and documentation

    If you work with Power Pivot, Power BI, or Analysis Services Tabular, you probably already know VertiPaq Analyzer. If you never used it, with the new release 1.7 you have another couple of very good reason to try it. VertiPaq Analyzer is a Power Pivot workbook that extracts information from data management views (DMVs) of a Tabular model. It can ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on January 16, 2017
  • Install SQL Server 2016 SP1 for Analysis Services #ssas #tabular #sqlserver

    Microsoft recently released the Service Pack 1 for SQL Server 2016. If you use Analysis Services, installing this update is a no-brainer and you should do that as soon as possible. The reason are all related to memory management. Microsoft officially described this in a blog post on MSDN. I suggest you reading it, but let me describe in a more ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on November 19, 2016
  • The State of Power BI #powerbi

    The 2015 has been an amazing year for Power BI. One year ago, I was commenting on this blog the public preview of Power BI dashboards. A few days ago, Microsoft released the December update of Power BI Desktop and several updates of the Power BI service. In one year, we moved from a situation where Microsoft seemed (and actually was) too slow in ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on December 21, 2015
  • Large Dimensions in SSAS Tabular #ssas #vertipaq

    After many years of helping several companies around the world creating small and large data models using SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular, I’ve seen a common performance issue that is underestimated at design time. The VertiPaq engine in SSAS Tabular is amazingly fast, you can have billion of rows in a table and query performance are ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on August 20, 2015
  • VertiPaq Analyzer for Analysis Services #ssas #tabular #powerpivot #powerbi

    During the writing of The Definitive Guide to DAX I wanted a simple way to analyze the content and distribution of data compressed in the VertiPaq engine, used by Analysis Services Tabular, Power Pivot and Power BI models. I always relied on BISM Memory Report (thanks Kasper!), but when you focus on a single database there are a number of details ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 28, 2015
  • DIVIDE vs division operator in #dax

    Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about DIVIDE performance in DAX. This new function has been introduced in SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 SP1, so it is available also in Excel 2013 (which still doesn’t have other features/fixes introduced by following Cumulative Updates…). The idea that instead of writing: IF ( Sales[Quantity] ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on July 24, 2014
  • Basket Analysis with #dax in #powerpivot and #ssas #tabular

    A few days ago I published a new article on DAX Patterns web site describing how to implement Basket Analysis in DAX. This topic is a very classical one and is also covered in the many-to-many revolution white paper. It has been also discussed in several blog posts, listed here in historical order: Simple Basket Analysis in DAX by Chris Webb ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on June 12, 2014
  • LASTDATE vs. MAX? CALCULATETABLE vs. FILTER? It depends! #dax #powerpivot #tabular

    A few days ago I published the article FILTER vs CALCULATETABLE: optimization using cardinality estimation, where I try to explain why the sentence “CALCULATETABLE is better than FILTER” is not always true. In reality, CALCULATETABLE internally might use FILTER for every logical expression you use as a filter argument. What really matters is the ...
    Posted to SQLBI - Marco Russo (Weblog) by sqlbi on March 6, 2014
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