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    • Data Lake Store as data source

      Anaysis Services could be a great semantic layer for curated data that are stored in a Data Lake Store (typically output from Data Lake Analytics jobs).

      4 votes
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      • Ability to use windows authentication in Excel

        If we create excel template with pivot tables and then share it among users they have to input login and password for each copy. It is inconvenient.

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        • 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…

          3 votes
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          • North Europe Availabilty

            This only being available in West Europe causes a bit of an issue. Data Factory is only available in North Europe hence I cannot have a modern data platform that uses DF to move data around and use Azure SSAS without moving data between data centres, are there plans to make this available in North Europe as well as the current set up does not really make a lot of sense

            4 votes
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            • Built-in SSRS support for Azure AS

              It sounds like we need a new data source type in SSRS for Azure Analysis Services. While I think you can use an AAD service account username/password in the connection string, the current EffectiveUserName implementation will fail because it will say EffectiveUserName=DOMAIN\username rather than EffectiveUserName=username@domain.com. I'm hoping that an Azure AS connection type in SSRS could use the UPN for EffectiveUserName or allow some sort of user level UPN override property or user UPN mapping.

              8 votes
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              • Support for non-native applications

                Support for non-native applications. ie. Support for Java app using Analysis Service PaaS. REST or JDBC support

                4 votes
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                  Thanks for the update. I’m assuming you are talking specifically about URL access in such a way that works for 3rd party libraries such as OLAP4J and also general URL access without limitations around auth and resolving cluster IP addresses, etc.. We will look into it …

                • Add ability to use Event Stream & Event File targets for xEvent Sessions

                  xEvents are tremendously helpful for monitoring and troubleshooting performance issues.

                  Ideally we'd get both "Event Stream" and "Event File" targets as there are good use cases for both.

                  2 votes
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                  • 12 votes
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                    • odbc

                      Support Custom ODBC Drivers for importing data
                      (ex: Apache Drill, Hive, PostGres etc)

                      13 votes
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                        We are definitely looking at how to provide more access to such data sources. Not sure on technical specifics at this stage, but is a priority and you should hear more about this in the not too distant future :)

                      • 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

                        25 votes
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                        • 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

                          14 votes
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                          • 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.

                            6 votes
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                            • 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.

                              10 votes
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                              • Elastic SSAS pools, similar to Elastic database pools

                                Pool of SSAS dbs for managing the collective performance of SSAS cubes and reducing costs. Much like Azure SQL db's elastic database pool feature.

                                4 votes
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                                • Provide Geo-Redundancy

                                  Provide Geo-Redundancy features along the lines of the DR/scale out functionality available for Azure SQL databases

                                  10 votes
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                                  • Easy method for restoring/uploading existing Power Pivot/Power BI Desktop Models

                                    One of the nicest features of on premise SSAS Tabular is the ability to ugrapde a Power Pivot model from Excel directly into SSAS. From what I've seen so far, this isn't easy in Azure since there isn't direct access to the server and file structure and normally the SSAS service account needs permissions to access the Power Pivot file's location.

                                    18 votes
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                                    • Lower pricing tier for smaller production workloads

                                      We are a small BI team that would love to move our AS to the cloud. At this point our data is small enough that we are using SQL Server standard. There needs to be a much lower production pricing tier for small companies like ours. These prices simply do not make sense for our size.

                                      62 votes
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                                      • Ragged Hierarchy

                                        Support for ragged hierarchy display. Similar to hide member if that is in multi dim.

                                        15 votes
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                                        • Support for multidimensional models

                                          Support for multidimensional models on Microsoft Azure Analysis Services

                                          296 votes
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