BI Big Data Data Analytics and Data Visualization

SQT12 Getting Started with Data Analysis eXpressions (DAX) in Analysis Services Tabular 2016


4:15pm - 5:30pm

Level: Introductory

William Pearson

William E. Pearson III

Business Intelligence Architect and Founder

Island Technologies Inc.®

Meeting operational, financial reporting and other requirements with a business intelligence solution often requires you to venture beyond simple aggregations and add various calculations to your data models. Come hear Microsoft BI Architect, SSAS Maestro and Data Platform MVP Bill Pearson introduce the Data Analysis eXpressions (DAX) language, and demonstrate its use in the design and construction of custom calculations (both columns and measures) in Power BI. You'll explore many commonly used DAX functions in meeting requirements that are regularly encountered in the business environment. In reaction to each requirement, you'll outline the components of simple DAX syntax, and put DAX into action writing basic expressions and queries.

You will learn:

  • About DAX, discussing its relevance, uses and basic components
  • DAX functions, syntax elements and calculation types
  • To examine illustrative DAX queries:
    • Introduce a business need
    • Examine an DAX query crafted to return the desired data
    • Examine the data returned by the DAX query under consideration
    • Expose details surrounding any functions Introduced
    • Discuss key concepts from the example query