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Power Pivot Principles: Calculating with Other Tables

7 August 2018

Welcome back to our Power Pivot blog.  Today, we discuss how the CALCULATE function can benefit from connected tables.

In our previous blog, we created relationships between all of the imported tables in Power Pivot; with these links we can now create measures that utilise these links.

If you do not have the working file you may download a copy here

Let’s create the measure ‘Promotion Sales’ which we envisage to calculate the total amount of sales that were made under the promotion key of ‘14’:

=CALCULATE([Sales],'Promotion Details'[PromotionKey]=14)

The CALCULATE function is not limited to using filters from the same table as it’s expression, it can accept filters from other tables as well!

To show this, let’s insert our new measure into our PivotTable:

Thanks to linked tables we can now see how much sales were made with promotions throughout the year.

Aren’t connected tables great?

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