The Excel Cube Functions are incredibly powerful, and I’m still amazed at the kind of problems they can solve. This post describes how they can be used to build a report with a complex OR filter using data from Power Pivot (it’s equally applicable to SSAS) that shows a number of advanced uses of these functions. No knowledge of MDX or DAX is needed but if you’re new to the Excel Cube Functions I recommend that you watch this video of a presentation by Peter Myers, which provides an excellent introduction to them.
Imagine you’ve got a very simple Power Pivot model that looks like this:
There’s a Date table with dates, months and years in, and an Internet Sales table with sales data in and a measure called Sales Amount. Here’s what the data looks like in a PivotTable:
Now, imagine that you want a report…
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