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Ok, this is one of those things that I might not do in production unless I have the CEO shouting on my ear «I want the bars of the matrix to be smaller so I can read the numbers, and no, you may not use a custom visual for that!». I know that might be quite a narrow use case, but hey, if the CEO wants it, so be it.

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No calculation groups today. I decided I would document something that I’ve found myself doing quite a lot recently and I guess that other people might experience the same. Migrations. That’s what happens when somebody decides that SAP Business Objects needs to die and be replaced by Power  BI. Or that a the tables generated by processes orchestrated by Windows scheduler runing batch files that open access files with an autoexec macros that in turn execute a mixture of internal operations but some on a SQL Server stored procedures should at least be moved to a proper SSIS package (totally making it up, right?). All these things. At the end of the day you need to be sure that whatever was generated with the old way of doing things, gets created in the new way too. This is something that not much effort is devoted to do, but with some techniques you can have a tool that will speed things a lot. Continue Reading..

Calculation Groups biggest contribution is to help us reduce the number of measures that we have to create and manage. However, sometimes, me might want measures again… Of course we can forgo the calc group altogether, but we might want to keep the centralized logic while having actual measures, and not measures + a filter as we usually do with calculation groups. The most relevant use case that comes to mind is when we do not want our calculation items to travel to the tooltip or drill through pages, as I discussed in this post not long ago. I guess that for most use cases, creating the measures manually is not the end of the world, but hey, scripting is fun and is cool, so let’s automate that a bit.

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