SSAS - tabular | Date calculations exercise | Calculate a variety of statistics using built-in date functions

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Software ==> SSAS - tabular  (30 exercises)
Version ==> SSAS 2012 and later
Topic ==> Date calculations  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
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.

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If you haven't already done so, create a new project called BaseModel, and import the following tables: tblCentre, tblCentreType, tblEnvironment, tblFamily, tblHabitat, tblProduct, tblPurchase, tblRegion and tblTown

Import the tblCalendar table if you haven't already done so, and create a relationship via the purchase date column:

Linking tables

Link the calendar and purchase tables together by the purchase date.

See how many of the following measures you can create (this pivot table is just showing data for 2015 and 2016):

5 date measaures

See the next page for hints!

Here are the measures that you need to create:

Measure Hints/notes
Total qty The total quantity sold for the current query context.
Last year total Use the PARALLELPERIOD function to calculate the total quantity sold for the whole of the previous year.
PercentLastYear Divide the [Total qty] measure by the [Last year total] one, using IFERROR to return BLANK if there's a problem (otherwise figures for early years will return a divide-by-zero error).
YearToDate Use the TOTALYTD function to calculate year-to-date sales.
LastYearYTD Use a combination of the SAMEPERIODLASTYEAR and DATESYTD functions to calculate the year-to-date figures for the equivalent period in the previous year.

Save this workbook as Lots of measures, then close it down.

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