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Business Intelligence Semantic Models (BISM) is a technology that is designed to deliver analytical information to users through a variety of mechanisms that include model structure, definition, and design. This book demonstrates how to create BISM models so that information can be presented to users in an intuitive and easy-to-use format. Once the model is defined, we also show you how it can be managed and maintained so that the data in it remains current and secure.

Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook is an all-encompassing guide to developing, managing, creating, and using analytical models using the Business Intelligence Semantic Model (BISM). This title covers a range of modeling situations and common data analysis related problems to show you the techniques required to turn data into information using tabular modeling.

Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook examines three areas of tabular modeling: model development, model management and maintenance, and reporting. This book is a practical guide on how to develop semantic models and turn business data into information. It covers all phases of the model lifecycle from creation to administration and finally reporting. It also shows you how to create models which are designed to analyze data.

All sections of BISM modeling from development to management and finally reporting are covered. The sections on development examine a wide range of techniques and tricks required to build models, including moving data into the model, structuring the model to manipulate the data, and finally the formulas required to answer common business questions; all of these are discussed in this book in detail.

Finally, the book examines methods of reporting on the data within the model, including the creation of data-driven workbooks and reports for a powerful end user experience.


This book follows a cookbook style with recipes explaining the steps for developing analytic data using Business Intelligence Semantic Models.

Who this book is for

This book is designed for developers who wish to develop powerful and dynamic models for users as well as those who are responsible for the administration of models in corporate environments. It is also targeted at analysts and users of Excel who wish to advance their knowledge of Excel through the development of tabular models or who wish to analyze data through tabular modeling techniques. We assume no prior knowledge of tabular modeling.

About the Author

Paul te Braak

Paul te Braak ( is a leading Business Intelligence Consultant based in Australia. He has been involved in Information Management for over 15 years, with the past 9 years focusing on the Microsoft Business Intelligence stack. His areas of interest include data modeling, data mining, and visualization. He is an active participant in the SQL Server community, speaks at various local and international events, and organizes a regional SQL Server Saturday. His blog can be found at

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178217088X
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (Dec 24 2013)
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  • Language: English
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HASH(0xa2b3bb40) out of 5 stars It's PowerPivot July 26 2014
By Dimitri Shvorob - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was surprised by page 37's intimation that the book's author is confused about such SSAS fundamentals as models (multidimensional and tabular) and storage modes (MOLAP, ROLAP and HOLAP for the multidimensional model, In-Memory and Direct Query for the tabular model). I don't think that all three or four Microsoft-BI-stack experts who served as the book's reviewers share the same misunderstanding of SSAS basics; it's more likely that they did not invest a lot of time in what they were asked to do. No surprises here - Packt is a publisher going for quantity over quality, and offering zero editorial support or oversight to its authors. Many of those are first-timers who have difficulty teaching but can manage the do-this-then-do-that style of a walking tour of software features. Lidberg's book about multidimensional modeling in SSAS, published by Packt a while back, followed that recipe; now te Braak's does the same for the tabular model.

... Except that it is not quite a "tabular" book, but a PowerPivot one: out of the book's 300 pages, 180, or 60%, are pure PowerPivot for Excel; 10% in the end are given to PowerView, and SSAS Tabular gets just 30%. Now, whereas SSAS Tabular is, to my knowledge, covered by just one other book - the venerable, high-quality, 600-page "Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model" by Ferrari, Russo and Webb [UPD: there is also a book by Teo Lachev] - the options for PowerPivot are not as limited. Would "Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook" be my top choice? No - I would go for "Microsoft Excel 2013 Building Data Models with PowerPivot" by Ferrari and Russo, or "PowerPivot for the Data Analyst: Microsoft Excel 2010" by Bill Jelen.

I will assume that most of the interested readers are, in fact, after PowerPivot, not its "big brother" SSAS Tabular, so here are my recommendations for them - Ferrari-Russo and Jelen. I will also assume that the minority who are after SSAS Tabular are all familiar with the Ferrari-Russo-Webb tome - in that case, "Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook" will be an easy "pass".

"Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook" is not a bad book - instead, it's an average book that tries to sit on two chairs, but either of those is occupied by a stronger fellow. Your appreciation of it, I expect, will be determined by how much value you find in its 2-in-1 proposition.

PS. I am an MCSE: BI.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ae218c) out of 5 stars Great book that covers practical and useful applications without insulting the reader’s intelligence, beginning to advanced Feb. 20 2014
By Paul Turley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Good technology books usually come in one of two forms. Some of the books on my shelves go deep technically, contain useful tidbits of code but read like the phonebook. Just a few are interesting and insightful. This book is a rare gem that does both. Paul te Braak is well-known in the Business Intelligence community for his expertise and contributions and he delivers a unique guide that starts with the basics and proceeds to cover all of the essentials with depth and practical examples to solve some challenging business problems.

You might expect a book that introduces fundamental concepts to gloss-over advanced topics and avoid complex applications. This book covers the essentials of data modeling and analysis with Excel and Power Pivot in language that is plain and easy to understand but it doesn’t stop with the basics. It covers practical and useful applications without insulting the reader’s intelligence. As an experienced data modeler, I found several useful techniques and new methods to use the tools and language. Paul’s coverage of practical techniques spans the spectrum of business applications and product features. This is a rare book that is not only a good tutorial with many hands-on examples that can be repeated by the reader but it’s also a great reference of useful techniques and code samples.

Highlights include:

The integration of Excel features such as ranges, tables, pivot tables and pivot charts with the additional features of Power Pivot and Power View that extend and enhance these capabilities
Examples and instructions are directed at Excel 2010 users and the author compares some the different features in Excel 2010 and Excel 2013.
Fundamentals of the DAX calculation language
Importing data as text, different date formats and implied data type columns
Beyond the basics, a schema.ini file is used to define column data types
Importing data from a database, working with database tables, views and queries, managing connections and challenges encountered running the table import wizard multiple times
Data feeds using OData and using a Reporting Services report to provide a data feed
Decisions a designer makes to enable the user’s experience when browsing a model. This includes sorting values, navigating hierarchies that enable drill-down interaction.
DAX “X” functions (SUMX, MINX, etc.) to perform row-level aggregation
Working with parent-child hierarchies using specialized DAX path functions.
Advanced browsing features, adjusting pivot table options to optimize the user experience
Building and using KPIs and using alternate table relationships
Time calculations and date functions. This chapter covers running totals and totals to date
Date part aggregate functions (MTD, YTD, etc.),
Essential data math and comparisons
LastYear and PriorPeriod functions, TotalYTD
Manufacturing calendar, working with “445” dates
Creating a dynamic relative time measure, using a shell dimension table
Using DatesBetween to show the average value for the past 10 days
Apply advanced modeling technique to bin, sort and rank values for reporting
Expand concepts introduced in chapter 3, using the DAX “X” functions to perform row iteration in advanced financial applications
Defining and working with many-to-many relationships. This is often no trivial task to completely understand many-to-many relationship requirements and to apply a working solution that provides the intended results
Addressing inventory and stock-keeping challenges
Conditional aggregation at different levels
Budgeting and forecasting vs actuals
Programming Excel to enhance the users experience
Excel VBA event programming to respond to slicers
Using cube functions
Interacting with charts and slicers
Building solutions for the enterprise
Using the SSDS Tabular designer
Migrating Power Pivot models to Tabular server solutions
managing connections, implementing impersonation, managing security
Using roles and perspectives
Generating and using XMLA script
Defining and implementing role-based, dynamic row filtering
Performing currency conversion
Managing and optimizing a Tabular solution
Deployment scenarios
Using SSDT to deploy and process models
Using the SSAS Deployment Wizard
Generating and using deployment scripts
Creating and managing partitions
Scheduling and executing processing tasks
Utilizing DirectQuery for real-time data results
Using Profiler to troubleshoot and optimizing a model
Querying a model using DAX
comparison of similar and different concepts in multidimensional and Tabular semantic models
Query with MDX
Query with DAX
DAX tools and debugging techniques
Using DAX query techniques to simulate SQL query operations
Column aliases, joins, filters, deriving tables
Samples and top ranked results
Using Power View to present results and visualize data
Essential design features
creating a table report
using a matrix to pivot results
time and data filters
advanced filters
creating charts
bar charts
stacked charts
cluster chart
using tiles to navigate sectioned results
using images
managing tables with default field sets
table behavior and cards
data categories and visual behaviors
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2ce39f0) out of 5 stars An Outstanding Tabular SSAS Cookbook Feb. 22 2014
By Dan English - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book is written by Paul te Braak, who is a lead business intelligence consultant in Australia and is one of the developers on the DAX Studio project, and he has put together an outstanding cookbook. When the book was released I was surprised and excited. I was surprised because I did not know that Paul was working on this (he is the sole author, big kudos to Paul), and excited because I knew it was going to be a good one. I had this one on my radar list of books to add to my collection; I am definitely a big fan of the Packt Publishing Cookbook series style of books. Microsoft Tabular Modeling CookbookWhat I like about the books is that they introduce a topic or situation and then go over the solution in a very simple and easy to understand format – Getting Ready, How to do it, How it Works, There’s more. Paul adds a lot of great insights in this book in explaining how the solutions work as well as including a bunch of ‘Tips’ along the way as well.

Paul does a great job on slowly working you into the Tabular modeling concepts and the only tool you need to get going is Excel and the Power Pivot add-in. Paul’s examples use Excel workbooks and flat files for the most part, so that makes it really easy to get started and get your learn on.

What is amazing is that this book is just over 300 pages and it is loaded with great content that covers items such as how to use Power Pivot, hierarchies, drilldown, parent-child hierarchies (including how to hidememberif in DAX), smart measures, smart keys, programmatic access in Excel – cube functions and VBA, querying with DAX, Power View, and more! Simply amazing, Paul does a fabulous job and this is a great intro book that progresses into advanced topics and has great examples, tips, and insights that are a big time value add.

I would definitely rate this as a must have for anyone doing tabular SSAS development and give it 5 out of 5 stars – image.

Awesome job Paul and thanks for writing the book and sharing!
HASH(0xa2c6596c) out of 5 stars This Book Will Give You Lots of Ideas Feb. 6 2016
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Awesome book. I learned so much and used it as a guide to do a big powerpivot project. I used Excel 2016 and I was still able to use this book.

I borrowed this book from the library of my work. I still have a lot to learn from it and I don't want to give it back so I'm going to buy my own copy.
HASH(0xa2ca30b4) out of 5 stars Fantastic Reference Book April 9 2014
By Chuck Barrow - Published on
Format: Paperback
Self-service business intelligence depends on managers and directors learning the skills necessary to make their own reports rather than requesting reports and dashboards from pricy programmers and consultants. This cookbook provides outstanding instruction, examples, and screenshots that can be referenced by both beginner and more advanced report makers. I am getting to the point where I can create my own advanced PowerPivots, and this book definitely taught me quite a bit. But more importantly, I am training others to create their own reports (rather than asking me every time), and the Microsoft Tabular Modeling Cookbook serves as a nice guide and reference text for those who are intimidated by the subject matter, but who also need to learn this new, essential skill. This is a must-have reference book for any organization that wants to enable Microsoft's self-service Business Intelligence.