Tabular Modeling in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services

Microsoft Press
Marco Russo / Alberto Ferrari  
Microsoft Press
Total pages
April 2017
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Tabular Modeling in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services


Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari walk students step-by-step through creating powerful data models, and then illuminate advanced features such as optimization, deployment, and scalability. Tabular Modeling in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services will be indispensable for everyone moving to Analysis Services Tabular, regardless of their previous experience with tabular-style models or with Microsoft's older Analysis Services offerings. It will also be an essential follow-up for every reader of the authors' highly-praised Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: The BISM Tabular Model.


  • Comprehensive, insider coverage of SSAS Tabular modeling, including best practices and optimizations of Tabular models
  • Starts with tabular data modeling fundamentals, and moves on to advanced optimization, deployment, and scalability
  • By two of the world's leading experts on data modeling and analysis with Microsoft technologies

New to this Edition

This book provides a complete and updated guide to the features available in Analysis Services 2016 for the Tabular model only, targeting different audiences from the authors' previous book on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services: those who have never used Analysis Services Tabular, and existing BI developers who already use previous versions of Analysis Services and want to learn Microsoft's new features in detail and depth.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introducing the tabular model

CHAPTER 2 Getting started with the tabular model

CHAPTER 3 Loading data inside Tabular

CHAPTER 4 Introducing calculations in DAX

CHAPTER 5 Building hierarchies

CHAPTER 6 Data modeling in Tabular

CHAPTER 7 Tabular Model Scripting Language (TMSL)

CHAPTER 8 The tabular presentation layer

CHAPTER 9 Using DirectQuery

CHAPTER 10 Security

CHAPTER 11 Processing and partitioning tabular models

CHAPTER 12 Inside VertiPaq

CHAPTER 13 Interfacing with Tabular

CHAPTER 14 Monitoring and tuning a Tabular service

CHAPTER 15 Optimizing tabular models

CHAPTER 16 Choosing hardware and virtualization 


Marco Russo and Alberto Ferrari are the founders of, where they regularly publish articles about Microsoft Power Pivot, Power BI, DAX, and SQL Server Analysis Services. Russo and Ferrari have worked with Analysis Services since the first version in 1999. Both Russo and Ferrari provide consultancy and mentoring on business intelligence (BI). They are also frequent speakers at major international conferences, including Microsoft Ignite, PASS Summit, and SQLBits.