Hands-On SQL Server 2019 Analysis Services

By Steve Hughes
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  1. Section 1: Choosing Your Model

About this book

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) continues to be a leading enterprise-scale toolset, enabling customers to deliver data and analytics across large datasets with great performance. This book will help you understand MS SQL Server 2019’s new features and improvements, especially when it comes to SSAS.

First, you’ll cover a quick overview of SQL Server 2019, learn how to choose the right analytical model to use, and understand their key differences. You’ll then explore how to create a multi-dimensional model with SSAS and expand on that model with MDX. Next, you’ll create and deploy a tabular model using Microsoft Visual Studio and Management Studio. You'll learn when and how to use both tabular and multi-dimensional model types, how to deploy and configure your servers to support them, and design principles that are relevant to each model. The book comes packed with tips and tricks to build measures, optimize your design, and interact with models using Excel and Power BI. All this will help you visualize data to gain useful insights and make better decisions. Finally, you’ll discover practices and tools for securing and maintaining your models once they are deployed.

By the end of this MS SQL Server book, you’ll be able to choose the right model and build and deploy it to support the analytical needs of your business.

Publication date:
October 2020


Section 1: Choosing Your Model

We kick off the book with an introduction to SQL Server 2019 and the process to install and configure the data engine, the Analysis Services engines, and the sample databases. When starting to work with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS), the developer or architect needs to choose the proper model to use. This section will clarify what SSAS is and the key differences between the models.

This section comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Analysis Services in SQL Server 2019
  • Chapter 2, Choosing the SQL Server 2019 Analytic Model for Your BI Needs

About the Author

  • Steve Hughes

    Steven Hughes is the Director of Consulting, Enterprise Architect at Pragmatic Works. He has worked extensively on SSAS multidimensional throughout the years followed by working with tabular models including Power BI and Power Pivot implementations. He has worked in all industries including but not limited to healthcare, finance, manufacturing, transportation, and utilities. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional.

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