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Enriching your Power BI Solutions with Metadata

Ever looked at a Power BI report visual and wondered what the logic was behind a calculation? In most cases, your options are limited to… asking the report author checking the report documentation checking the data dictionary …all of which… assuming they even exist! …severely disrupt the analytical workflow. In […]

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When to Scale-Up or Scale-Out with Azure Analysis Services

Of all the new features and capabilities currently available with Azure Analysis Services, dynamic scaling up/down and in/out are my 2 favorite. Scaling Up refers to adding more (CPU and/or memory) resources Scaling Out refers to adding more servers Together these features allow you to adjust resources to match changes […]

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Methods for Deploying to Azure Analysis Services

This post covers the most common methods for deploying tabular models while explaining the trade offs for each option. Here are some questions to help you decide which one is most appropriate for your environment: Will you (the SSAS expert) be deploying the solution or do you need to hand […]

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Analysis Services in the Cloud: IaaS vs PaaS

When deciding to deploy an Analysis Services solution to the cloud, one of the very first decisions to make is whether to go with an Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Platform-as-a-Service architecture. The diagram below does a good job in explaining the differences between the two. Source: http://www.hostingadvice.com/how-to/iaas-vs-paas-vs-saas/ Note: from an Analysis Services […]

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What is Super DAX?

In a recent post, I mentioned something called Super DAX without giving it a very detailed explanation. If you’ve been working with SSAS for a few years and have a couple of Tabular projects under your belt, you may already be familiar with some of the performance improvements that roll […]

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SSAS Multidimensional and Super DAX

An interesting question came up during a recent engagement involving Power BI reporting against a Multidimensional data source. The client wanted to know if there was any benefit for them in upgrading from SSAS 2014 Multidimensional to SSAS 2016 Multidimensional. My initial response was “no, there would be little benefit […]

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Object-Level Security for Analysis Services Tabular

Among the many new features coming w/ SSAS 2017, object-level security for tabular models is at (or close to) the top of the list for a few clients I work with. In fact, for 1 client, it is/was important enough that we decided to join the early adopter program (EAP) […]

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Power Query = Mind Blown

The Power Query engine was first introduced as an Excel plugin (back when it was referred to as “Data Explorer”)… then we saw it again in Power BI Desktop… then again earlier this year in SSAS Tabular… and now (or very soon) as a cloud service. Quite frankly, I’ve been […]

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Model Development Performance Improvements for Tabular Models Using Compatibility Level 1200+

It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago, while performing a design assessment on a very large tabular model, that I was finally able to appreciate one of the most underrated improvements made in SSAS Tabular 2016. This particular client was on SSAS 2014 and had a very mature tabular […]

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Using the Azure REST API to Pause All AS Instances in a Resource Group

Forgetting to shutdown your Azure environments and burning through a month’s worth of Azure MSDN credit if you’re lucky (and racking up a large credit card charge if you’re not) is a pretty common experience these days. Some might even call it a right-of-passage (like running a DELETE statement in […]

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