Chapter 3: Preparing Your Data for Multidimensional Models

Multidimensional models are the original OLAP structures supported in SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). Starting out as OLAP services over 20 years ago, the tooling is now considered mature by Microsoft and is not planned for any major updates in the foreseeable future. Throughout the years, Microsoft has made significant improvements to Analysis Services and its support for multidimensional models. This includes changes to support dimensional models or star schemas. Today's version of Analysis Services continues to lean heavily on that data modeling pattern.

This chapter focuses on preparing your data. To properly build a multidimensional model, your data should be shaped using ...

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