Announcing Visualizing With Vitaracharts Newsletter

We are very excited to launch the Vitaracharts newsletter. We'll be coming to your inbox twice a month with info about new features, enhancements & ideas related to visualizations.

The big announcement this time is that we're certified to work with MicroStrategy 202. We have a new release Vitaracharts 4.7 with some exciting new features. Grab the new version today at docs.vitaracharts.com.

New features in 4.7

For the list of all changes, please check here

Variance

Integrated absolute variance and relative variance views into bar and column charts.

    Grid : Manage Scaling

    Grid/Micro Chart: For trendlines, there's an option to set axis minimum and maximum values for scaling. You can also apply the same scale to multiple columns


      Stacked area

      Added support for the stack by area charts in the stacked chart. The new property "chart type" is introduced under the series tab in the bar/column.

      Bubble chart

      You can now add attributes to the x and y-axis to group bubble elements.

      Reach out to us at sales@vitaracharts.com to get a demo of the new functionality.

      Know anyone else who might be interested in what we share? They can sign up here.



      Vitara's MicroStrategy Dashboard Contest 2021- Winners

      Vitara's 2021 Microstrategy Dashboard contest entries were extremely difficult to judge. The quality of design, the data presentation, and the messages in these submissions were so powerful that we really could not limit our list of winners to just three entries. So, we decided to add an extra slot rewarding 4 entries that will get the top prizes. Additionally, we would like to thank all the participants who took the time to send in their entries. There were several dashboards that were really noteworthy and we have also decided to highlight a few dashboards in the honorable mention category that caught our attention in addition to the winners.

      First Prize: This year's winner Amit Kumar Sah has taken the difficult topic of cancer research done by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and eloquently summarized the prevalence, survival rates, changes over time, and projections of future cancer rates using a variety of rich visuals that captures the end user's attention from start to finish. Amit has left no stone unturned as he navigates from using custom icons to depict the different ways in which cancer impacts genders to play axis showcasing changes over time and finally Polar mode to show the distribution of survival rates all the while providing easy navigation and great context. This was unanimously voted as the top prize winner of the competition.

      Full Video of the Dashboard here: 

      Runner-up 1: The Black Lives Matter movement dominated the headlines in 2020. Elmernikh Nabil's dashboard is not only beautiful but is also a very powerful statement while using extremely minimal design elements and is very thought-provoking.

      Full Video here: 

      Runner-up 2: Somanth Sadhukhan also chose cancer as a topic focussing on an overview of breast cancer in the USA. The dashboard provides facts with warning signs of breast cancer and also How to reduce the risk of breast cancer. His innovative use of the Sankey chart to showcase the rates of cancer rates combined with the use of the Polar chart for comparison across races was eye-catching and informative.

      Full Video here: 

      Runner up 3: Niken Zulfasari blew us away with her data on the urgent issue of plastic pollution in the oceans. Using creative visuals and a wealth of data she has illustrated the depth and danger of this particular environmental problem.

      Full Video here: 

      And to wrap the star dashboard designer lineup from our contest in 2021, a most honorable mention for the inimitable Len O Toole. He cast a spell on us all with this magical take on the Harry Potter series using some of the cool enhancements from 2021. 

      To get the full effect of the dashboard, do not miss viewing this video from Len: 

      And just a quick reminder that this year MicroStrategy World is virtual and FREE. So if you haven't done so already sign up here.

      Thank you all for an exciting start to 2021 and we hope to connect with you all (virtually) at World 2021.



      Microstrategy Dashboard Contest 2021 By Vitara

      It's that time of that year again! Yes, MicroStrategy's Annual User Conference is back with World 2021, a historic virtual event with FREE entry to all registrants is here. And, Vitara is calling out to all the dashboard gurus to showcase their design chops. Announcing our annual Microstrategy Dashboard Design competition with exciting prizes worth $1000 USD for winners. 


       Participants can either use a combination of Vitaracharts and Microstrategy features to create compelling data stories that are also visually appealing. 

      The submissions need to be sent to contest2021@vitaracharts.com before Jan 15th, 2021.


      NOTE: Dashboards will need to contain Vitaracharts elements and will be judged on aesthetics, usability, and usefulness. We will select 3 entries from the submissions to be showcased at World. Additionally, winning entries will be awarded Amazon Gift cards.

      All participants are eligible to get a temporary key for Vitaracharts valid for 90 days. 




      Custom Markers for Microstrategy

      At first glance, the recent examples posted with Vitaracharts of European Champions League Winners, Global Weather data, and  American Airlines Traffic data might seem like they have nothing in common. And yet, in all three cases, the use of custom markers has been a very simple and highly effective method to communicate with the information with end-users. Industry and context-sensitive markers can be created and uploaded by end-users to all Vitaravisuals. For more details refer to https://docs.vitaracharts.com/guideCommonFeatures/dataMarkers.html


      US State(s) and Mail-In Voting Status

      Data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures, shows, the current rules on mail-in voting vary heavily across states. 


      While five states (Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) hold all-mail elections, another 30 allow no-excuse absentee voting, meaning that voters don’t need to give a reason for casting their ballot by mail. The remaining states also allow mail-in voting but require an excuse to do so, which often includes age, illness, or other inhibiting factors.
      Credit: Statista and NCSL

      The above chart is built using the Map tiles available in the Vitara Image Layout to represent the various US states and DC. Map Tiles are a great alternative to physical maps when the size of the state is immaterial to the analysis. This type of layout is ideal for ranking of status, statuses, affiliations, etc. For more examples of Map, Tile usage refer to our online gallery: https://cloud.vitaracharts.com/VitaraChartsPlayLive

      Built using MicroStrategy and Vitaracharts


      To Mail In or Not to Mail In Vote...

      According to a Gallup poll, most Americans favor voting by mail in November. 
      Waffle chart has been used with custom markers ( human marker) to show young adults largely favor mail-in voting. More than a third of the voters favor voting online and the big differences arise by demographic subgroups as shown with the bar chart on the right.