SSAS - tabular | KPIs exercise | Create an absolute KPI targeting 5% for the sales ratio for each product

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Software ==> SSAS - tabular  (30 exercises)
Version ==> SSAS 2012 and later
Topic ==> KPIs  (2 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: Centre, CentreType, Environment, Family, Habitat, Product, Purchase, Region and Town

Import the wo_calendar table if you haven't already done so (and rename it to Calendar), then create a relationship via the purchase date column:

Linking tables

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


The aim of this exercise is to create an absolute KPI, showing for each product whether its proportion of total sales is 5% or more of the total.

There are 19 products in total, so it is unlikely that each product will meet or exceed its KPI!

To get started, create the measures that you'll need:

Measure What it calculates
ThisProduct The total value of sales (price * quantity) for any query context.
AllProducts The total value of sales for any query context, but disregarding any product constraint (use CALCULATE combined with ALL).
Proportion The first measure divided by the second.

Create an absolute KPI for the Proportion measure: you're aiming for 5% (which you'll need to type in as 0.05), with an amber threshold of 0.03, to show:

Pivot table

Only 5 products are meeting their targets (Sammy, Englebert and Yoko are crowding out the other products).


Save your workbook as Strange bedfellows, then close it down.

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