Choosing between Multidimensional and Tabular Models in SSAS

by Patrick Pichler

Microsoft’s SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) is considered to be one of the top online analytical processing (OLAP) technologies. This course compares the two major semantic data model types by SSAS and how to assess which one to use in practice.

What you'll learn

By implementing an OLAP solution using Microsoft technology, you have been confronted with two different model types for several years now. In this course, Choosing between Multidimensional and Tabular Models in SSAS, you’ll gain the ability to evaluate which model type fits better to your individual use case. First, you’ll explore the conceptional design differences. Next, you’ll discover the supported data sources and storage modes. Finally, you’ll learn how to implement business logic by using the model’s common as well as individual features together with analyzing the interaction with client applications. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to assess whether the Multidimensional or Tabular model will better perform under your given circumstances.

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About the author

Patrick is a passionate data and analytics engineer. He has been designing and implementing scalable data architectures and analytical solutions for almost a decade by utilizing latest Microsoft technologies including Azure as well as open source frameworks. Authoring online courses and technical articles allows him to share his knowledge with others and to be always up to date with the latest trends. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Informatics and a Master’s degree in Information ... more

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