Exercise: Simple calculation in cube using MDX or otherwise

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Category ==> SSAS - multidimensional  (21 exercises)
Topic ==> Calculations  (1 exercise)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Course ==> SSAS - Multidimensional
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This exercise uses the project that you are currently working on!  Within this project, create a cube using measures taken from two tables:

SSAS Analysis Services exercise - Calculations (image 1)

Choose measures from both the transaction and the quadrant target tables

Rename your measure groups in the Cube Structure tab:

SSAS Analysis Services exercise - Calculations (image 2)

We'll give the measure groups better names

Configure the dimension usage for the measure group taken from the tblQuadrantTarget table:

SSAS Analysis Services exercise - Calculations (image 3)

The targets link to the other tables at month, animal and quadrant granularity level

Create the following two calculations (whether in form view or by scripting them):

  • [Mid target] (the midpoint between the higher and lower targets)
  • [Excess over mid target] (the difference between sales value and this mid-target amount)

Here's one view of what your cube might look like:

SSAS Analysis Services exercise - Calculations (image 4)

Your cube if you include all 5 measures of interest

If yoiu're using Analysis Services 2012 or later, you'll need to analyse your cube in Excel to see a pivot-table-style view of it similar to the one shown above.

Save your cube and close down all windows.

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