Migrating SSAS Tabular Models to SQL Server 2016: Translations and Display Folders
With the release of SQL Server 2016, Microsoft has introduced the new Compatibility Level 1200 for Analysis Services Tabular Models. SQL Server 2016 is backwards compatible with level 1100 (SQL Server 2012) and level 1103 (SQL Server 2012 SP1 and SQL Server 2014), meaning you can easily deploy your existing tabular model to SQL Server 2016, either through backup and restore, or through Visual Studio. Once deployed, tabular models in SQL Server 2016 should generally have much better performance, both when processing and querying data. However, it is still recommended to thoroughly test your model, before upgrading your production servers to 2016.