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Combining SSAS’s DefaultMember and Roles

I’ve been asked if a cube could be exposed to users so everyone gets ‘their’ view of data by default, but is able to compare with others if they wish. a combination of setting the DefaultMember on a per-role basis seems to be the answer. Take an AdventureWorks example: if I’m a sales manager responsible for the UK, most of the time I only want to report on that. But, come annual review time I probably want to see how I compared to my peers. If there’s a ‘UK Manager’ role set up in the cube, to which I belong, when I build a pivot table I see just values for the UK by default:


But, if I choose to include Countries in the query, everything shows up:


To set up the role, choose the appropriate MDX statement in BIDS:


Make sure you’ve got the corresponding Attribute chosen in the drop-down and specified in the MDX (Country in this example).

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