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If you’ve ever asked the question, should I build a semantic model in Power BI or in Analysis Services (SSAS) Tabular, I’m here to give you some things to consider when making that decision. To begin, take a look at the image below which is a reference architecture from Microsoft.This shows a typical data loading and BI pattern in which we have a data warehouse and then a data/semantic model built with Analysis Services and with Power BI used for visualizations on top of that model. You could use Power BI to do that modeling as creating relationships and writing custom calculations in DAX is using the same engine under the covers in Power BI as Analysis Services.
So, why would you choose to use either Power BI vs Analysis Services Tabular?
These are all things to consider when deciding to use Power BI vs Analysis Services Tabular for your semantic models. If you have questions on this topic, Power BI or anything Azure related, we’d be glad to help. Click the link below or contact us, our experts are here to answer questions or discuss any of our consulting offerings to help you take your business from good to great.
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