When analyzing really large data sets, we use Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. OLAP cubes allow coping with much bigger data volumes than relational databases. However, lots of users claimed that multidimensional cubes were hard to understand, especially when designing the model.
That was one of the reasons why SSAS Tabular Model was introduced in 2012. It has become widely popular since then. Basically, tabular model is something in between relational databases and multidimensional cubes. Similar to databases, tabular model supports tables with relations. Similar to cubes, the model supports measures and key performance indicators (KPIs).
As far as choosing the model goes, it’s better to conduct a detailed study based on project requirements.
Our development team believes that both tabular and multidimensional solutions are highly useful. That’s why Flexmonster pivot table component supports both models. You can view data from tabular OLAP cubes as well as from multidimensional ones. We hope you will enjoy your reporting experience with OLAP cubes!