Exercise: Show month to date or year to date

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Category ==> SSAS - multidimensional  (21 exercises)
Topic ==> MDX Expressions  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Harder than average
Course ==> SSAS - Multidimensional
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Create a new cube (with associated dimensions) or open an existing one.

Create a measure called PeriodToDate which shows:

  • the year-to-date figure if the granularity level is by year; or
  • the month-to-date figure otherwise (use the MTD function)

Your final cube could look something like this:

SSAS Analysis Services exercise - MDX Expressions (image 1)

The cube uses a different calculation for the year and month levels

If yoiu're using Analysis Services 2012 or later, you'll need to analyse your cube in Excel to see pivot-table-style views similar to the ones shown in this exercise.

Optionally, copy the MDX expression you've created into a new SQL Server Management Studio query, and then save it as YTD or MTD.

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