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Support for multidimensional models

Support for multidimensional models on Microsoft Azure Analysis Services

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Currently focusing on remaining features to get us to GA with tabular. Will confirm timelines/availability for MD as soon as available.


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  • Srikanth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    :) by the time this feature is released, I am almost certain that most of the client's world have rebuilt their solution using Tabular. Analysis services blog has been moved from a standalone to Power BI blog as a sub-section. I suspect most of the people who were working or associated with Analysis Services Multidimensional are spending almost all of their time on Tabular version. With these suspicions in my mind I have a feeling that this feature will not be released any time soon.

  • John Corker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on this please?
    This has a lot of votes but hasn't been updated for a more than a couple of years now. We'd still like to use this.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Could you please provide any update on the Multidimensional model support in Azure Analysis Services ?

  • Santosh Joshi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi, we want to lift and shift on premise SSAS cube to Azure. Re developing everything in Tablular cube is something I'd do last, Going for IaaS is very costly and PaaS for MD SSAS cube is not available, Any idea when will it be available in Cloud. Really need this feature ASAP. Not sure why MS is not keen to have this awesome tool as part of PaaS.

  • Yuri commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate



    Does "Azure AS PM Team" account has anything to add?
    Like RoadMap / TimeLine ?

    Because so far it seems what SSAS platform is rapidly degrading on functionality (and bringing PowerQuery-based Tabular into Cloud gives an impression of least-hassle approach by simply migrating primitive client version with some lightweight at minimum/no effort to server-side, not serious at all).

    Have you guys there at MS lost your proper team of architects/solution programmers?

    Normally absence of reliable communication and certain guidelines/plans over such long period of time raising concerns and quite sad flags about the future.
    People quit technology niche and there's nobody left to support demand for platform segment.

    IT professionals are very reluctant to investing any effort into acquiring skills around such technologies with no demand or risky future prospects.

    No much of functional progress happened for MultiDimensional since 2008 (apart from some minor internal optimizations)

    MS-Docs Specification says:
    "Azure Analysis Services is a fully managed platform as a service (PaaS) that provides enterprise-grade data models in the cloud"
    It is not true, as elementary composite key and multiple M2M conditions (etc.) are not supported (therefore requiring significant resources {HW/SW/HR/Time} to refactor existing DWH/source solutions)

  • Aaron commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on this? Really wanting to dive into Azure but not having the best Financial capabilities is making me pause.

  • Stavros Koureas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need Multidimensional Model on Azure Services ASAP as the big scale projects can not deployed on Tabular.

    Some examples:
    1) tables with composite keys can not be implemented on Tabular unless they have a surrogate key being built on DataWareHouse which is taking more time in ETL.
    2) for huge analytical data we can not use inMemory as the solution will not be able to fit in RAM and then paggings to disk may be occur.
    3) DAX has not ability over Scopes like in MDX so no DATETOOL.

  • Lily Yuen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on the multidimensional cube support? Hoping to get an update since the last update was 2 years ago?

  • Seema S commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update when Multidimensional cube support will start on Azure Analysis Services. It would be very helpful.

  • Prasad Kulkarni commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update when Multidimensional cube support will start on Azure Analysis Services. It would be very helpful.

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