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Should you use tabular or multi-dimensional SSAS mode? Here's the answer!
Part six of a seven-part series of blogs
If you're building a data warehouse, you'll want to know whether you should be creating cubes using the legacy multi-dimensional Analysis Services server mode, or creating data models in the new tabular mode. This blog gives Wise Owl's take on the subject.
This blog has argued strongly that you should choose the tabular server mode for SSAS, as it is so much easier to understand and use (and is integrated so much more closely with Excel and PowerPivot).
Above all, tabular models build on relational database theory, whereas to use multi-dimensional models you'll have to get your head round a completely new way of working.
However, in the interests of full disclosure, you should be aware of the following limitations of tabular models:
This isn't a full list, but in general the extra functionality provided by multi-dimensional models is either obscure and not particularly useful, can be modelled around using tabular or is likely to be included in future tabular releases.
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