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PowerPivot | KPIs exercise | Create a KPI targeting this month's sales value
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- Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
- Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
- Execute this script.
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Create a new workbook, and import the tblCalendar and tblPurchase tables into a PowerPivot data model:
You'll need to create the relationship shown also (and possibly give the tables friendly names, as here).
Create the following two measures:
|Name||What it should show|
|This period||Total sales for the current period, whatever that is|
|Two months ago||Total sales for the same period, but two months previously|
You can use the DATEADD function to add -2 months to the current calendar date keys.
Here's what these two measures should show:
This pivot table shows what your measures should ... measure.
Now create a KPI, using the following thresholds:
|Sales more than 110% of those two months ago||Green|
|Sales more than those of two months ago, but less than 10% more||Yellow|
Display this KPI in your pivot table to get something like this:
March was a grim month ...
Save this as Kilimanjaro Pack Ice, then close it down.