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Azure Analysis Services

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  1. Present Azure Analysis Services on a VNET

    Instead of making Azure AS available on the internet, allow admins to move it so it's only available on a VNET.

    145 votes

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  2. Snowflake connector for Azure Analysis Service

    Please create a connector for Snowflake in Azure Analysis Service. Having to use a on-premise gateway does not really make sense.

    127 votes

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  3. Implement Url and Report custom actions in Azure AS

    The custom action for Url and Report was available in SSAS Tabular 1103 using BIDS Helper and relying on the existing infrastructure of Multidimensional. Users in Excel use this feature and this is blocking the upgrade of the model to new compatibility levels (and also stopping the adoption of Azure Analysis Services).

    107 votes

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  4. Allow support for SSAS Azure in PowerBI Embedded

    Allow use of SSAS Azure as a source for PowerBI Embedded.

    That's all folks!

    98 votes

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  5. Add schema compare so you can easily deploy particular changes like BISM Normalizer

    SSDT Database project already has a schema compare, so you can easily generate deployment script to sync the structure of the database. Since tabular models are now defined in JSON, it would really make sense to have similar functionality for (Azure) Analysis Services.

    97 votes

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  6. Azure AS Data Connections in Excel Online

    Support hosting Excel workbooks with live connections to Azure AS in Excel Online (incl workbooks inside Power BI), with pass-through of AAD user identity to AS.

    Effectively, complete cloud equivalent for Excel Services in on-prem SharePoint!

    95 votes

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  7. Support for Hybrid mode

    In old versions of SSAS you could have parts of an In-Memory cube/tabular be read directly from a source via Direct Query, this was a great feature. One of the main reason to use Direct Query is that the table you are using doesn't fit in memory and one of the main reasons to use In-Memory is that the source is too slow. Limiting users to choose mode for a whole model is bad.
    Please (re-)add support for a hybrid mode where some tables are In-Memory and others are Direct Query. This is important for huge Azure SQL DW solutions…

    94 votes

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  8. Keep Azure Analysis Tabular & Power BI Models in sync

    At present when I dissect a Power BI Desktop model it is compatibility mode of 1400, when I look at AAS model it is still only 1200. It would help if the two were in sync and cross compatible.

    82 votes

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  9. Writeback to tabular model

    And a way to incrementally push changes into regular sql after updating of the model.

    68 votes

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  10. Provide Graphical Execution Plan viewer for both Tabular and Multidimensional

    Currently understanding what SSAS is doing for a particular specific query is difficult and not that transparent. Having a visual representation of the steps taken by the engine to solve a query (like SQL Server Relational engine has had since SQL 7) would improve manageability

    65 votes

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  11. Use in-memory data sets as a base for multiple data models

    Duplicating data on in-memory storage is expensive (cost, load times,..). Allowing for the flexibility of having in-memory datasets linked to multiple data models allow for greater flexibility towards end-users while keeping infrastructure price at par. It would also allow for a broader set of customized/tailored data models (mostly related to links between data sets) while still centrally managed.

    52 votes

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  12. Support Display Folders for Table Objects

    Would love to see Display Folder support added for table objects. This would allow developers to logically group tables by entity\purpose\category\etc so they appear together in the object pane without resorting to forced, unnatural naming conventions or unnecessary normalization.
    Please note I am not talking about perspectives (which work fine for building targeted subsets of a model to support different groups of users or breaking up large, complex models into more manageable views.) Rather, display folders add a simple and visual way for the modeler to convey additional context to users about the data model and give them a much…

    50 votes

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  13. system-assigned managed identity

    It would be nice to allow the creation of system-assigned managed identity this would unblock the ability to use AAS to authenticate directly to a data source such as Azure SQL DB without using a user-created service principal or relying on sql authentication which uses OAuth2 credentials that expire

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/active-directory/managed-identities-azure-resources/overview

    49 votes

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  14. Support security groups that are in the domain name format, not just the email address format

    Please support security groups that are in the domain name format, not just the email address format.

    Using the workaround described here can be manual and time-consuming: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlblog/2017/01/24/azure-analysis-services-howto-add-security-group/

    48 votes

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  15. Document TMSCHEMA DMVs

    The DMVs for SSAS Tabular (Azure and SQL 2016) are not documented anywhere. While the meaning of many of the fields is obvious, there are a few that are just IDs for which it would be nice to see all possible values and descriptions. It would make sense to add the definitions here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh230820.aspx

    39 votes

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  16. Allow managing synonyms in Azure Tabular models

    Power BI has a feature that allows you to set synonyms for a column. it would be nice if we could manage those synonyms in a SSAS tabular model and be able to use those synonyms in Power BI when it direct query mode

    38 votes

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  17. Embed RLS Power Bi reports with Analysis Service data (live connection)

    The ability to embed Power BI reports from a live Analysis Service data connection and use row-level security to control what data a user can access in a "app owns data" scenario.

    For more details, see: http://community.powerbi.com/t5/Service/Azure-Analysis-Services-RLS-and-Embedding/td-p/239127/highlight/false

    37 votes

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  18. Return refreshID in the API response to GET /refreshes/<refreshID>

    When I call the POST /refreshes API in order to initiate an asynchronous refresh operation it redirects me to GET /refreshes/<refreshID> and the only way to know what refreshID I just initiated is by parsing the Location header or redirected URL. This is very non-standard. It's also not possible to accomplish this with a Web Activity in ADFv2.

    Please change the GET /refreshes/<refreshID> API to return the refreshID as a property inside the JSON response. That's a very easy change and would be tremendously helpful.

    This is the API I'm talking about:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/analysis-services/analysis-services-async-refresh#get-refreshesrefreshid

    35 votes

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  19. Conditional formatting support in Tabular

    Please add support for conditional formatting for measures (e.g. http://richardlees.blogspot.com/2008/11/elaborate-your-cubes-with-conditional.html). Some customers have invested in this and is an adoption blocker for tabular.

    35 votes

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  20. firewall

    At the moment it does not look like it is possible to lock down access to the analysis services public endpoint by IP address. It would be good to have a firewall in a similar way to SQL Azure or Azure Data Warehouse.

    35 votes

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