Constant Currency Analysis (Power BI DAX Tutorial)

Constant currency analysis is very popular when we need to take out FX rate fluctuations from our analysis. There are many different methodologies that companies used for determining what constant FX rate to apply to the historical values. In our tutorial, we will take a look at the time window for our analysis, figure out … Continue reading Constant Currency Analysis (Power BI DAX Tutorial)

Cumulative Discount or Commission Calculation (Power BI DAX Tutorial)

If you are looking to challenge your DAX skills while trying to figure out how to calculate a Cumulative Discount (or a Cumulative Commission) then this tutorial is for you. https://youtu.be/9hGowlw4YPc A Cumulative discount is calculated by finding the cumulative sales in the specified discount window, and then, using the cumulative sales as the parameter … Continue reading Cumulative Discount or Commission Calculation (Power BI DAX Tutorial)

How to Calculate Revenue and Margin Using Price and Cost History Tables (Power BI DAX Tutorial)

I use Sales data a lot in my tutorials and usually the Sales Fact table will have the following fields in it: DateProductRevenueUnits Along with a bunch of other stuff…. Now, it is actually very common for a company to only provide Units in the Sales Table along with a Price History and/or Cost History … Continue reading How to Calculate Revenue and Margin Using Price and Cost History Tables (Power BI DAX Tutorial)

DAX for Perfect Price Volume Mix (PVM) Calculation (Power BI Tutorial)

This is the third installment in the series; however, you are not required to read the previous two to follow along. Part I - I frame up the basic concept of analysis in  and suggest a light way easy formula for the PVM calculation Part II - I refine the Mix component of PVM to … Continue reading DAX for Perfect Price Volume Mix (PVM) Calculation (Power BI Tutorial)

Power BI Smart Narrative Visual Review – Is It Ready for Primetime???

Lots of good announcements for Power BI happened this week. One piece of technology I was looking forward to was Smart Narratives visual. You will have to download the latest version of Power BI desktop and then go to Options and enable it there. After that you can add a Smart Narrative visual by either … Continue reading Power BI Smart Narrative Visual Review – Is It Ready for Primetime???

Optimizing Azure Analysis Services Partitions for Azure Data Warehouse External Tables

Recently, I had a chance to work with Azure Analysis Services (AS) sourcing data from Azure Data Warehouse (DW) external tables. Optimizing the processing of the Azure Analysis Services partitions to use with the Azure DW external tables is a bit different from working with the regular (physical) data tables, and I will discuss the … Continue reading Optimizing Azure Analysis Services Partitions for Azure Data Warehouse External Tables

Quirks of Visual Studio Query Editor working with Analysis Services

Visual Studio 2017 and the SQL Server Data Tool (SSDT), a tool that comes with Visual Studio, finally integrates the now familiar Query Editor (Power Query) capability to work with the Analysis Services Tabular Model. Query Editor is a data ingestion and transformation tool used by Excel Power Pivot as well as Power BI. Now, … Continue reading Quirks of Visual Studio Query Editor working with Analysis Services

Few thoughts on the SQL Server 2014 launch event in San Francisco

I just finished watching the hosted customer even in San Francisco where the Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, COO Kevin Turner, CVP of Data Platform Group Quentin Clark and the SQL Server Product Marketing GM Eron Kelly officially introduced the new release of the SQL Server 2014. In this post I am not going to give … Continue reading Few thoughts on the SQL Server 2014 launch event in San Francisco

Microsoft self-service BI on premise vs cloud

It appears that Satya Nadella has added an additional layer of context to the already ambitious Microsoft strategy of transforming itself into a "devices and services" company by declaring that "Going forward, it's a mobile-first, cloud-first world". I believe that it is safe to assume that in the near future, the roadmap of every Microsoft … Continue reading Microsoft self-service BI on premise vs cloud