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  1. Support for multidimensional models

    Support for multidimensional models on Microsoft Azure Analysis Services

    580 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.

      129 votes
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      • 108 votes
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        • 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).

          97 votes
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          • 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.

            73 votes
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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…

              54 votes
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              • 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!

                50 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.

                  50 votes
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                  • Include all Power BI Data Connectors in AAS

                    Azure Analysis Services has a limited number of data connectors compared with Power BI. Without access to the same data connectors, it will be impossible to import Power BI files into AAS without a lot of re-building data integration steps using other methods.

                    Here is the current list of NON-BETA connectors Power BI has that AAS does not:

                    - Amazon Redshift
                    - Azure Data Lake Store
                    - Blank Query
                    - Facebook
                    - Google Analytics
                    - Hadoop File (HDFS)
                    - IBM DB2 Database
                    - Impala
                    - Power BI Service
                    - R Script
                    - SalesForce Objects
                    - SalseForce Reports
                    - SharePoint Folder …

                    48 votes
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                      Pleas see Kay’s comment below. Now that AS works on PQ, this of course becomes much easier. However still some work & testing to make each connector available, so likely will evaluate which are more suited to traditional BI and prioritize accordingly

                    • 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

                      48 votes
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                      • Writeback to tabular model

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

                        35 votes
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                        • 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.

                          31 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

                            31 votes
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                            • odbc

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

                              30 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 :)

                              • 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

                                27 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  25 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

                                    21 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.

                                      16 votes
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                                      • Make Microsoft Azure Analysis Services availible for non default AAD users

                                        It would be nice to be able to be able to grant access to users that are not part of the Default AAD. It could be users from a Customers AAD directories that are not your subscription or/and from users that are in another Directory in the subscription

                                        15 votes
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                                        • Add Team Service source control to the new Azure Analysis Services Web Designer

                                          Add Team Services as a source control open for the new Azure AS Web Designer

                                          6 votes
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