Set Structure Priority and Create Custom Solve Order

With the new model type, there can be conflicting properties between an account dimension and measures.

If the units or formatting settings are different for instance, you need to indicate which structure should take precedence over the other. This is especially true for aggregations.

In the Model Preferences, under the Structure Priority tab, use the Prioritize properties and calculations from drop down to indicate whether account settings or measure settings should get the priority. If you decide to prioritize the account account dimension, then all the aggregation definitions, formatting and unit handling are taken from the account dimension. But if you decide to prioritize the measures, everything is taken from the measures.

Setting a structure priority is especially useful as it allows you to reuse global account dimensions across multiple models, while still being able to fine tune the aggregation behavior, formatting and unit handling to account or measure per individual model. The structure priority applies to all query processing, for both planning and reporting.

Custom Calculations and Solve Order

You can go further with the aggregation processing and create custom priorities for calculations when working with calculated accounts and calculated measures. In the Model Preferences, under the Structure Priority tab, toggle Custom priority for calculations on. To access the priority mode, in the Calculations workspace, click in the toolbar.
The global setting priority settings still prevails for conversion measures, and calculated accounts or calculated measures that use either the Restrict or Lookup formula.
In the Calculations workspace, if your model has both calculated accounts and calculated measures, by default, the application create two separate dedicated groups. Within these groups, using drag and drop, you can:
  • move the priorities up and down within groups
  • move groups up and down
  • move a priority outside of its current group to create a new group
  • move a priority to another group

Order priorities and groups from top to bottom to set the different priorities, from the most to least important.