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SSAS - MULTIDIMENSIONAL EXERCISES
SSAS - multidimensional | MDX Expressions exercise | Conditionally format sales
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Create a new cube (and its associated dimensions) or amend an existing one to get a base cube showing sales by year and month.
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.
Add a calculation to your cube so that periods whose sales do not exceed those for the previous period are shown shaded:
Bad months or years are shown shaded in blue
You need to create another measure (called SalesFormatted say) based on the original sales value, but with a BACK_COLOR set to the results of a WHEN clause using a PrevMember function!
Optionally, copy the MDX expression you've created into a new SQL Server Management Studio query, and then save it as Some you lose.mdx.
Close down all open windows.