Analysis Services Relationship Limitations and Workarounds
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Written by Teo Lachev   
Monday, 12 August 2013 19:25

Relationships in analytical models (Multidimensional and Tabular) are both a blessing and a curse. Once defined by the modeler, relationships power "slicing and dicing" data. The analytical tool doesn't have to worry about and include the relationships in the query because they are defined in the model and the server "knows" how to use them to aggregate the data. On the other hand, as they stand, all analytical model flavors (Multidimensional, Tabular, and PowerPivot) have inherent limitations. The following table compares relationship limitations between Multidimensional and Tabular (PowerPivot).



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