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SSAS 2012, Part 06: Enhancing the Tabular Model

with expert Thomas LeBlanc

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Release date Release date 1/25/2013
Level Level Intermediate
Runtime Runtime 1h 1m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
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Course description

In this course, you will learn how to use Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services (SSAS). This course includes concepts, procedures and practices based on real-world experience giving both the novice and experienced SQL Server developer information on Advanced DAX, Time Intelligent KPI, Advanced Degenerate Dimensions and Performance Security.


This course does not require any prior experience with Analysis Server. It is assumed that students have working experience with SQL Server; basic relational database concepts (e.g., tables, queries, and indexing); data transformation services.

Meet the expert

Thomas LeBlanc Using Microsoft SQL Server started for Thomas with a Laboratory Information System in version 6.5. The Analysis Service (also called SSAS) option in version 7 got him excited about Data Warehousing, but before he used a production version of SSAS, he became a Database Administrator for versions 6.5 through 2005 while working at a paper mill and home health agency. After writing reports as an application developer for 10 years, he rediscovered Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) implemented into Data Warehouses. Since 2009, he has become a speaker in the SQL Server community and a voice for Microsoft Business Intelligence (MSBI) for enterprises. His transition from Sr. DBA to a Business Intelligence Architect has been a great career path. Thomas has certifications MCP, MCDBA and MCITP in Database Administration and Business Intelligence.

Course outline

Advanced Features and KPI

Advanced DAX (11:13)
  • Introduction (00:26)
  • Using DAX for Measures (01:34)
  • Measures (00:21)
  • Context (00:48)
  • Where Can It Be Used (00:41)
  • Demo: Advanced DAX (06:53)
  • Summary (00:27)
Time Intelligent KPI (28:31)
  • Introduction (00:36)
  • Calculate & Time Intelligence (01:56)
  • Calculate (00:44)
  • Ratios (01:28)
  • Ratios - Excel (00:39)
  • Demo: Calculation (05:01)
  • Demo: Calculation Cont. (01:30)
  • Time Intelligence (01:29)
  • Requirement (00:42)
  • Time Intelligence - To Date (00:54)
  • Time Intelligence - Previous (00:53)
  • Demo: Time Intelligence (06:14)
  • KPI (02:08)
  • Demo: KPI (03:49)
  • Summary (00:21)
Advanced Degenerate Dimension (09:48)
  • Introduction (00:22)
  • Degenerate Dimension (01:16)
  • Demo: Degenerate Dimension (02:10)
  • Role Playing (01:20)
  • New Dimension (00:43)
  • Demo: Role Playing (03:24)
  • Summary (00:30)
Performance Security (11:27)
  • Introduction (00:31)
  • Perspectives (01:08)
  • Demo: Perspectives (04:10)
  • Security - Roles (00:59)
  • Roles (01:09)
  • Row Level (00:38)
  • Demo: Roles (02:33)
  • Summary (00:17)