SSAS - tabular | Prototyping using PowerPivot exercise | Create a simple data model in PowerPivot, and load it into SSAS

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Software ==> SSAS - tabular  (30 exercises)
Version ==> SSAS 2012 and later
Topic ==> Prototyping using PowerPivot  (1 exercise)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> SSAS training
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  3. Execute this script.

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Create a new Excel workbook, and go into PowerPivot. 

Import the following tables: Centre, CentreType, Environment, Family, Habitat, Product, Purchase, Region and Town.  and use this data model to create the following pivot table:

Pivot table

You don't need to create an explicit measure for the total quantity sold - just drag the Quantity field into the Values section of the pivot table.

Now use the PowerPivot ribbon within Excel to create two new measures:

Creating a measure

Choose to create measures from within Excel.


The measures are:

Measure What it calculates
Cheap Total quantity sold for goods where the price is less than £10.
Expensive Total quantity sold for goods where the price is £10 or more.

Add these measures to your pivot table:

Final pivot table

The pivot table showing one implicit measure and two explicit ones.

Save this workbook as Baby sibling, then close it down. 

Create a new SSAS tabular model project, importing this PowerPivot model, and have a look at the tables, relationships and measures created to check that everything has come through OK. 

Analyse this model in Excel to create - we hope - the same pivot table:

Final pivot table in SSAS

Something has gone wrong if the figures aren't exactly the same.

Take a moment to reflect on whether prototyping like this in PowerPivot is right for you!

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