What additional services should Azure provide?

Include Analysis Services in Windows Azure

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  • AFP commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    SSAS ROLAP against Azure SQL Data warehouse would be an excellent way to preconfigure selected data sets for end users. Most end users would be overwhelmed with the a full data warehouse. Using SSAS as a semantic layer, as part of the 'fast data' approach. Or Tabular with directquery, if you really want that - but Tabular has such a limited tool kit, multi-dimensional ROLAP would be better.

  • SQLWaldorf commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If Jamie is right, it would be nice to get then partitioning in Power BI, and a Process Add.

  • Jamie Thomson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Ron (and everyone else),
    My betting is this is never going to happen now that Power BI data can be accessed directly from Excel using the same protocols for accessing SSAS.

    Arguably Power BI now *is* SSAS in the cloud, a pure PaaS play.

  • Ron commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hmmm..come on Microsoft. The DAX Engine is pretty cool especially with distinct counts, some sort of service will help concrete SSAS as a leading engine for analysis given the speed and performance.

    PowerBI.com must have some hacked up version so cant we put more resource into releasing the PAAS (tabular only) offering?

  • Gary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Lack of Azure SSAS is a show stopper for us. Especially tabular. Especially given PowerBI is there and really is only practical on an enterprise wide basis if you can use it against SSAS.

  • Erik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    At this point, why would you even consider this still? The BI marketplace has already moved past you. We gave up waiting 2 years ago.

  • louis.m commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Vote this too


    Bring Windows 10 Universal Apps to Android and iOS

    Create something like what Xamarin is doing in order to help developers to code once and run EVERYWHERE (Wndows 10, windows 10 mobile, android and ios).

    If Microsoft could not buy Xamarin, at least do what they are doing by your own. Make something that enable us to archive real NATIVE cross platform development. It could dramatically increase the numbers of developers using .net to create mobile applications as well as increasing the number of apps created to wp too, since app could be compiled to ios, android AND WINDOWS PHONE. Hibrid apps like apache Cordova has a lot of potential but right now it is limited to offer a bad user experience when compared to the native apps you could build native with native objective-c on iOS, java on Android or C# (on Xamarin.Forms o WP and Windows 8). Porting .net to others platforms is good, but go further MS, create something that help us to "code once and run everywhere. And by EVERYWHERE I mean, not just windows, I mean: Native apps on Android, iOS, Windows PC, Windows Mobile, Xbox, HoloLens and to on. Bring us a tool that enable us to make Visual Studio Universal Apps REALLY UNIVERSAL (running as well on android and iOS).

    We want a Framework that enable us to build NATIVE.
    By the way Xamarin Starter edition has a very limited package size so is almost impossible to create even small apps with an organised architecture (multi layers) and its licences fees is very expensive too.
    Hey M$ look to the opportunity a tool like Xamarin could bring to the windows ecosystem. It could help you to resolve the app gap Windows Phone suffers so far. With a tool that can help developers to build native applications to windows as well as to android and iOS could bring the apple and android developers interest to use it and since it will be able to compile to windows phone then they will not have why to do not do so. It will also bring mobile developers form other platforms (android and iOS) to Visual Studio and .NET.

  • Steve Bogar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    so i take it this is being entirely coded in machine language by 1 thousand monkeys (right after they finish the complete works of William Shakespeare)?

    6 years later and no update?

  • Kenneth Neumeister commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be helpful to add to the main azure site a statement about how we can obtain SSAS functionality in Azure: 1) recognizing this is a distinct requirement from power BI and azure SQL, and 2) the only current cloud-option is IAAS unmanaged SQL Server Installed on a VM. Having Azure site to explicitly up-front state there is no managed service for SSAS available will avoid a lot of wasted time hunting for where it might be in the catalog.

  • Hikmer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    While I understand you can't give a specific date, can you give an approximate one? This item was opened in 2009...at this rate it could be anywhere between now and 2030.... Perhaps a Year and quarter? It isn't really fair to keep us guessing...we want to use your product in the cloud, you aren't making it easy for us to do this.

  • Geoff Ng commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The absence of an SSAS MOLAP solution in the Azure or SQL roadmaps is very disappointing. There are still many applications and workloads for MOLAP that cannot be simply crossed over to PowerBI.

  • Hikmer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Unless you provide more detail, I will just assume Microsoft is lying about SSAS as a service as it has been many years without producing a solution. Pretty poor response to an obvious request that ought to have been available many moons ago. At this point shaming Microsoft is about the only way to get a response.

  • Rob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    if the answer above is true, I'd like to hear more please. don't need dates, just progress.


  • Mark commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Last update over a year ago, any chance of reconfirming this initiave is continuing?

  • BillT commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If anyone is looking for a MOLAP engine that runs on Azure check out SaasabiPro at www.saasabi.com. We have developed a fully featured engine in .net with broad extensibility and flexibility. It is has been running on Azure in customer sites for over 2 years. We have recently started offering it in a SaaS business model, exclusively on Azure. We support standard interfaces, a flexible and fast consolidation process.

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