SSAS - tabular | Power BI Desktop overview exercise | Create a Power BI report based on an SSAS Tabular model

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Software ==> SSAS - tabular  (30 exercises)
Version ==> SSAS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Power BI Desktop overview  (1 exercise)
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.

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 project called BaseModel, importing into it all of the main tables in the Make-a-Mammal database.  Create and deploy a model so that you see something like this in Management Studio:

Browsing model

What you should see when you browse your model in SSMS: three aggregator columns (dimensions) and one measure summing total quantity sold for purchases.


Create a new Power BI report, and import from (not link to) your deployed model to get:

The model in Power BI

The model columns as they initially appear in Power BI - you should now rename them to make them easier to refer to.


Create a matrix showing total sales by region and environment:

Sales matrix

A matrix in Power BI is a bit like a pivot table in Excel.

Turn on conditional formatting for your matrix:

Conditional formatting

Use this formatting section to apply conditional formatting, and click on Advanced controls.


Apply rules by ticking this box:

Colour by rules

Tick this box when setting conditional formatting to create rules.


By setting colours in bands of 5,000, create this effect:

Coloured matrix

Only sales in the Land environment in the South-East get the darkest colour.


Add a slicer to control which centre types you're viewing:

A slicer

Set the Orientation property to Horizontal to achieve this effect, and turn the Header property off and the Title property on.

Produce a chart showing the breakdown of sales by environment:

Donut chart

A donut chart showing sales by environment.


At the moment when you click on a cell in your matrix it shows the corresponding data in the donut chart:


Choices you make in one visual affect the appearance of the other.

Choose to edit your visual interactions:

Visual interactions

Select this tool on the Format tab of the ribbon.

Make the donut chart independent of the matrix:

Visual interactions

This is the tool to click on, although you might like to play about with the funnel icon instead.


Save your report as Wow, then if you have a Power BI account publish it and have a look at in in Power BI Service (otherwise just close it down).

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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