MDX with SSAS 2012 Cookbook

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  • Create time-aware calculations that are relative to the current date
  • Construct context-aware calculations that are relative to members on axes
  • Implement business-related calculations such as forecasting, allocation of values, and ABC analysis
  • Combine MDX with utility dimensions
  • Implement error handling
  • Apply AND, OR, NOT logic
  • Conditionally format your MDX calculations
  • Optimize, dissect, and debug MDX calculations and queries
  • Capture MDX generated by SSAS front-ends
  • Register SSAS-related assemblies and use stored procedures in them

MDX is the BI industry standard for multidimensional calculations and queries. Proficiency with this language is essential for the realization of your Analysis Services’ full potential. MDX is an elegant and powerful language, and also has a steep learning curve.

SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services has introduced a new BISM tabular model and a new formula language, Data Analysis Expressions (DAX). However, for the multi-dimensional model, MDX is still the only query and expression language. For many product developers and report developers, MDX is the preferred language for both the tabular model and multi-dimensional model.

MDX with SSAS 2012 Cookbook is a must-have book for anyone who wants to be proficient in the MDX language and to enhance their business intelligence solutions.

MDX with SSAS 2012 Cookbook is packed with immediately usable, practical solutions. It starts with elementary techniques that lay the foundation for designing advanced MDX calculations and queries. The discussions after each solution will provide you with a solid foundation and best practices. It covers a broad range of real-world topics and solutions and provides you with learning materials to become proficient in the language.

This book will guide you through the hands-on and practical MDX solutions, best practices, and many intricacies that hide within the MDX calculations and queries.

We will start by working with sets, creating time-aware, context-aware calculations, and business analytics solutions, through to the techniques of enhancing the cube design when MDX is not enough. We will then move on to capturing MDX generated by SSAS front-ends and using SSAS stored procedures, and we will explore the whole range of MDX solutions for real-world BI projects.

  • A wide range of time-related, context-aware, and business-related calculations
  • Combine MDX with utility dimensions
  • Illustration of techniques to enrich business intelligence solutions, aided by practical, hands-on Cookbook recipes
Page Count 420
Course Length 12 hours 36 minutes
ISBN 9781849689601
Date Of Publication 25 Aug 2013


Tomislav Piasevoli

Tomislav Piasevoli is a Business Intelligence (BI) specialist with years of experience working with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). He successfully implemented many still-in-use BI solutions, helped numerous people on MSDN forum, achieved the highest certification for SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS Maestro), and shared his expertise in form of MDX cookbooks.

Tomislav currently works as a consultant at Piasevoli Analytics company ( together with his brother Hrvoje. They specialize in Microsoft SQL Server Business Intelligence platform, SSAS primarily, and offer their BI skills worldwide.

In addition to his regular work, Tomislav manages to find the time to present at local conferences or to write an article or two for local magazines. His contribution to the community has been recognized by Microsoft honoring him with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for six consecutive years (2009-2015).

Sherry Li

Sherry Li is an Analytic Consultant who works for a major financial organization with responsibilities in implementing data warehousing, Business Intelligence, and business reporting solutions. She specializes in automation and optimization of data gathering, storing, analyzing and providing data access for business to gain data-driven insights. She especially enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge in data ETL process, database design, dimensional modeling, and reporting in T-SQL and MDX. She has co-authored two books, the MDX with SSAS 2012 Cookbook and MDX with Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services Cookbook, which have helped many data professionals advanced their MDX skill in a very short time.