PowerPivot | Hierarchies exercise | Create a date-based hierarchy, and show it in a pivot table

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Software ==> PowerPivot  (75 exercises)
Version ==> Excel 2016 and later
Topic ==> Hierarchies  (2 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> Power BI training
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  3. Execute this script.

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Create a new workbook, and import the tblPurchase and tblCalendar tables into a PowerPivot data model:

Relationship between tables

You'll need to create the relationship shown between the tables also.

Create a hierarchy within the Calendar table such that your pivot table field list looks like this:

Calendar hierarchy

Your hierarchy should include the year, quarter and month.


Use your hierarchy to display the following pivot table:

Sales by year

Check that you can expand each year to show the sales by quarter and then by month.


If that was too easy, and you still have time, you could always try adding a hierarchy by environment, habitat and product.  To do this first add these 3 tables into your data model (you'll need to link the product and purchase tables together also).

Use the RELATED function to show the environment and habitat for each product:

Product, habitat and environment

Use RELATED to show these 3 columns in the same table.

Now create a hierarchy called Surroundings, and hide columns and tables so that your pivot table field list looks like this:

Pivot table field list

You should just see your two hierarchies, and the Purchase table columns.


The result should be one very tidy-looking pivot table!


The final pivot table - you can expand either rows or columns.

Save this as Hierarchies, then 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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