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James is a big data and data warehousing technology specialist at Microsoft. He is a thought leader in the use and application of Big Data technologies, including MPP solutions involving hybrid technologies of relational data, Hadoop, and private and public cloud. Previously he was an independent consultant working as a Data Warehouse/Business Intelligence architect and developer. He is a prior SQL Server MVP with over 30 years of IT experience. James is a popular blogger (JamesSerra.com) and speaker, having presented at dozens of PASS events including the PASS Business Analytics conference and the PASS Summit. He is the author of the book “Reporting with Microsoft SQL Server 2012”. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Power View for Multidimensional Models Released

As a followup to my blog Power View for Multidimensional Models – Preview Available, the final version is now available via SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update 4.

So you can now create Power View reports against multidimensional models (the initial release only worked against tabular models).  This is achieved through native support for Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) in Analysis Services multidimensional models.  Note that you will need to upgrade your Analysis Services instance and the Reporting Services add-in for Microsoft SharePoint Server (2010 or 2013) with this Cumulative Update to create Power View reports against your existing multidimensional cubes.

Also note that Power View in Excel (on-premise or in the cloud) is not able to connect to multidimensional models, but that ability is high on Microsoft’s priority list.

More info:

Power View connectivity for Multidimensional Models released

Power View for Multidimensional Models Released!

Configuring Power View Connectivity to Multidimensional

Analysis Services Multidimensional Now Works With Power View–And Why That’s Important

Understanding Power View for Multidimensional Models

Create a Shared Report Data Source Connection

Create a Power View Report with a Multidimensional Data Source

Understanding Multidimensional Model Objects in Power View

Explore the Adventure Works Multidimensional Model by using Power View

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