SQL Server training -  SSAS - Tabular Model

SSAS Training

SSAS - Tabular Model (3 days)

£895 + VAT for most venues (£995 + VAT for London)

As of SQL Server 2012, you can now create tabular models in Analysis Services, rather than building cubes in legacy multidimensional models. For anyone who is familiar with relational databases, tabular models are easier to create and use than cube models; plus they use DAX as a language, rather than the harder-to-understand MDX. Tabular models are a natural extension of PowerPivot within Excel.

This course will show you how to create tabular models by combining tables from SQL Server, Access, Excel and other data sources, and how to extract data from these models using Excel pivot tables, PowerView, Reporting Services reports and above all the DAX query language.

Course details

  • Locations for SSAS - Tabular Model coursesLocations:London, Manchester
  • Next SSAS - Tabular Model course locationNext course:Mon 14 November 2016
  • SSAS - Tabular Model course timesTime:09.30-16.30

Course Contents

Getting started

  • Training topicMultidimensional vs tabular
  • Training topicSeparate named instances

Visual Studio basics

  • Training topicVisual Studio windows
  • Training topicSetting startup options
  • Training topicCreating a project

Connecting to SQL Server

  • Training topicCreating and using connections
  • Training topicFiltering rows and columns

Creating a data model

  • Training topicHiding from client tools
  • Training topicRenaming tables/columns


  • Training topicDiagram view
  • Training topicCreating relationships

Excel pivot tables

  • Training topicAnalysing data in Excel
  • Training topicConnecting from Excel
  • Training topicUsing Excel pivot tables


  • Training topicCreating PowerView reports
  • Training topicWays to filter data
  • Training topicPowerView charts

Other data sources

  • Training topicLinking to Access
  • Training topicLinking to Excel
  • Training topicPasting in data

Calculated columns

  • Training topicUsing IF and SWITCH
  • Training topicBLANK arithmetic
  • Training topicLinking tables using RELATED


  • Training topicCreating measures
  • Training topicSUMX, AVERAGEX, etc.

DAX editors

  • Training topicDAX Editor
  • Training topicDAX Studio
  • Training topicPros and cons of each

Changing query context

  • Training topicThe CALCULATE function
  • Training topicUsing FILTER

Prototyping using PowerPivot

  • Training topicUsing PowerPivot
  • Training topicImporting PowerPivot models into SSAS
  • Training topicConstraints

DAX queries

  • Training topicThe CALCULATETABLE function
  • Training topicAdding columns
  • Training topicSummarising data

Accessing DAX queries

  • Training topicFrom within Excel
  • Training topicFrom Reporting Services


  • Training topicCreating a calendar table
  • Training topicUsing multiple calendars

Date calculations

  • Training topicWorking days
  • Training topicPeriod to date
  • Training topicPrior and parallel periods
  • Training topicSemi-additive measures

The EARLIER Function

  • Training topicHow it works
  • Training topicBanding


  • Training topicCreating a hierarchy
  • Training topicViewing hierarchies
  • Training topicParent-child hierarchies


  • Training topicThe parts of a KPI
  • Training topicAbsolute and relative measures
  • Training topicCreating and viewing KPIs


  • Training topicCreating perspectives
  • Training topicUsing in Excel


  • Training topicHow security works
  • Training topicCreating roles
  • Training topicFiltering rows by role

xVelocity considerations

  • Training topicColumn storage
  • Training topicDirectQuery

Processing and Partitions

  • Training topicHow processing works
  • Training topicTypes of processing
  • Training topicCreating and using partitions

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You should be familiar with how relational databases work to attend this course. You'll also find it difficult if you haven't used pivot tables in Excel.

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SSAS exercises

SSAS exercises

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SSAS blogs

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