Exercise: Use the RELATED function to create the perfect data model

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Category ==> SSAS - tabular  (29 exercises)
Topic ==> Calculated columns  (4 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Course ==> SSAS - Tabular Model
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If you haven't already done so, run the SQL script in the above folder in SQL Server Management Studio to generate a database (not for commercial use or copying) called MAM.

Create a new project, and for the data model import the following tables:

  • tblCentre
  • tblPos
  • tblRegion
  • tblStore
  • tblTown
  • tblTransaction

Within the transactions table, use the RELATED function to bring in the store, centre, town and region name for each transaction, and use this to create a pivot table with a perfect data model:

The final pivot table

You should also create and rename two measures: one to give the count of the transaction id, the other to give the sum of the quantity.


Use this data model to create your final pivot table:

Final pivot table

The final pivot table.

Save your workbook as Pivot tables for dummies, then close it down.

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