Chapter 1. Introducing the Tabular Model

The purpose of this chapter is to introduce Analysis Services 2012, provide a brief overview of what the Tabular model is, and explore its relationship to the Multidimensional model, to Analysis Services 2012 as a whole, and to the wider Microsoft business intelligence (BI) stack. This chapter will also help you make what is probably the most important decision in your project’s life cycle: whether you should use the Tabular model.

The Microsoft BI Ecosystem

In the Microsoft ecosystem, BI is not a single product; it’s a set of features distributed across several products, as explained in the following sections.

What Is Analysis Services and Why Should I Use It?

Analysis Services is an online analytical processing ...

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