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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 cloud architecture perspective, the “Software-as-a-Service” […]

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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 up under the term “Super […]

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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 in carrying out that upgrade… […]

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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) and officially run the preview […]

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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 ignoring the whole Power Query […]