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Create a Fabric Data Warehouse and connect via Azure Data Studio

Recipe Overview Preparation time: 10 minutes Ingredients Recipe Summary In this data recipe series, Microsoft Fabric – Data Warehouse will be explored. As a starting point, a blank Fabric workspace is used. You can sign up for a free Fabric trial by using the following URL: Data Analytics | Microsoft Fabric In this data recipe, we will create a brand-new Data Warehouse in Fabric. Once created, we will connect to our Data Warehouse using Azure Data…

What a year, 2023 review

We have had the first winter snowfall (at least 1 day), and days are getting shorter and colder. This reminds me that it’s time to review the past year. Last year, I concluded that I had reached a couple of professional milestones. I ramped up speaking engagements, finished my first blog post series, and met new amazing people in the data community. At that point, I couldn’t imagine what 2023 would bring except for a…

Help – I want Tabular Model Documentation

A few months ago, I chatted with colleagues about our Tabular Model. More specifically the lack of Tabular Model documentation. Since we were thinking about replacing our current model, I started to think about how to integrate documentation easily. Having documentation is 1 thing, making sure it’s used is something completely different. And then we’re not even talking about keeping it up to date. My initial idea was to include the documentation task during the…

Tabular Model – Help – Can’t create a DAX Calculation Group

Recipe Overview Preparation Time: 5 minutes Ingredients Problem Statement While I was writing another data recipe, I ran into an issue. For some reason, the “Create Calculation Group” was not visible / enabled in Tabular Editor. I tried to create a Calculation Group by right-clicking on the Table Folder –> Create but the option wasn’t available. I tried an alternative way: going to the Model Section in the Tabular Editor toolbar. But unfortunately, the option…

Tabular Model – DAX Time Intelligence functions with an alternative Financial Year-ending

Recipe Overview Preparation time: 10 minutes Ingredients Problem Statement Many companies don’t follow the regular Calendar as we know (January 1st – December 31st). They follow their own Financial Calendar (often called Fiscal Calendar) which can start any time of the year. Because of this, writing DAX Year-To-Date calculations for your Tabular Model might seem challenging. In the step-by-step example, we are working for a company that starts its Financial Year on July 1st. In…

First-time mentoring – New Stars of Data

No technical blog post this time. I want to stand still for a moment to something completely different. Last week, on Friday, October 27th, 2023 the New Stars of Data conference had its 7th run. If you are not familiar with New Stars of Data, this wonderful event is a conference organized by William Durkin and Ben Weissman. The conference’s goal is to give newcomer speakers a virtual stage to present for the very first…

Takeover a Personal Power BI Workspace

Since a couple of weeks, we launched shared Power BI Datasets for our end users. Which allows them to analyze data in an easier way. Depending on their requirements and preferences, they can easily start to analyze data in Excel or create a Power BI report in the Power BI service. After the end user completes their analysis, they save the newly created Power BI report in their Personal workspace for future reference. Or they…

Tabular Model – Help – SortByColumn property set to an invalid column ID

Problem statement Since a couple of weeks, we have been redesigning our SSAS Tabular Model. We are keeping the model as user-friendly as possible and we try to minimize overhead for our end-users to a bare minimum. During this process, we were configuring certain properties for every column in our model like Display Folder, Hidden, Summarize By, Display Ordinal, Available in MDX, Translations, Shown in Perspective… After making these changes, we pushed our changes into…

Tabular Model – Help – I can’t find my Dimensions in Excel

Problem statement A colleague reached out last week while connecting to one of our SQL Server Analysis Services models in Excel. He couldn’t find the expected Attribute folders in the model. He was looking for the following dimensions: So I started to investigate. As a first test, I connected to the same model in Excel and I was surprised that the “lost” dimensions were perfectly visible to me. On this particular SSAS Tabular Model, we…

Azure DevOps Pipelines – SQL Server Deploy – One to rule them all

In one of my previous blog posts, I used the SQL Server database deploy task to deploy my DACPAC to SQL Server. Unfortunately, this task became deprecated in Release Pipelines. In this blog post, I would like to share the alternative. Additionally, we will be moving from a Classic Release pipeline to a YAML pipeline. The YAML pipeline will be responsible for building and deploying our Database Projects. Quick Overview Why move to YAML? What…