SSAS - tabular | Creating a data model exercise | Create and pivot a simple model in SSAS Tabular

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Software ==> SSAS - tabular  (30 exercises)
Version ==> SSAS 2012 and later
Topic ==> Creating a data model  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Subject ==> SSAS training
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

This will generate the database that you'll need to use in order to do this exercise (note that the database and script are only to be used for exercises published on this website, and may not be reused or distributed in any form without the prior written permission of Wise Owl).

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Create a new tabular model project in Visual Studio called SimpleModel (because it will be!).

The aim of this exercise is to allow users to create the following pivot table.  Details of how to do this are in the following pages, so make sure you read on!

A pivot table

This pivot table shows the average purchase price by region and family.

First import from the CAC database the following tables:

Table name Contents
Centre Shopping centres
Family Families of animal
Product Products sold
Purchase Purchases made
Region Regions of the UK
Town Towns

Add a measure to the purchases table called Average Price, which calculates the ... average price.

Hide the tables and columns which the user shouldn't see - you should now have something like this:

Final model

Your model doesn't have to look exactly like this!

Create a pivot table, and make sure that your pivot table field list looks nice and tidy:

Pivot table field list

Beauty and simplicity often go together ...


You should now be able to create the pivot table shown at the start of this exercise!

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