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Thank you for providing this great learning resource. I am a CPA so I am very interested in this model. I wanted to ask a couple of questions. On P. 17 of the Word document you show a VTB measure (Variance to Budget) as the following: [Budget $] - [Actual $]. Shouldn't this be reversed, that is [Actual %] - [Budget $]. Looking at the math in the table for FY 12 and FY 13, it appears that it should be.
The other thing I noticed is that you use the All () function on the fact table - p. 21 "ALL('Finance Data'[Date])" and you use the Filter () function against the fact table - p. 51 "FILTER('Finance Data', RELATED(Accounts[Sub Class])="People"))"
From reading Rob Collie and Russo and Ferrari, I'm used to seeing All () and Filter () used against dimension tables. In fact one of Rob's rules is for Filter () is only use it against lookup (dimension) tables.
Arthur makes some great points. I have also read Collie, Russo, and Ferrari describe similar rules of thumb.