Semantic Model Column Formatting

SSAS Tabular models allow for formatting individual columns in the model.  This is especially critical when connecting PowerBI to the tabular model via Direct Connect since formatting features are then disabled in PowerBI.

With that being the case, the only way to format numbers as Currency, format dates, etc in PowerBI when using a live connection to a Tabular Model is to do so in the Tabular model itself.

The Semantic Model really needs this capability to produce properly formatted reports in PowerBI.



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