What are VitaraMaps used for and how are they different from geospatial maps?

Vitaramaps came into existence because of a customer requirement to display map data offline ( without any live internet connection). 

Offline Maps

Vitaramaps generate Maps as svg images taking away the requirement of having a live connection to any map server.

Custom groups

Need to group zip codes or counties into specific sales regions to show on a map? With Vitaramaps you can do this easily by simply changing text files without having to create complex shapefiles.

Tile layout

Additionally, Vitaramaps also offers a unique layout of the regions using tile maps (hexagonal, square and round tiles). These visually compelling layouts are great in representing ranking, % contribution by region, etc.

Examples of Vitaramaps:

1. US county-level map by age group :

 2. US State Hex Map :

For more examples refer to www.vitaracharts.com -> Gallery -> VitaraImage Layout and Maps

US Household Debt By Generation

The year 2020 could be categorized as one where debt grew across the board. In the U.S., every generation except the Silent Generation saw their debts rise in the last year.
But how much debt does each generational household owe?
Data credit: Federal Reserve, Experian, Visual Capitalist
Charts used: Vitara Bar charts overlay with marker and Waffle Chart with custom marker
Built using MicroStrategy and Vitaracharts

Custom Markers

In this post, we will be covering the use of custom markers to create effective visualizations and add more context to the presented information.
Custom Markers can be used in a variety of charts like the Grid, Bar, Column, Waffle, Line, Bubble, Dumbell, etc. 

a) Custom Icons can be an elegant option to show customer satisfaction scores, product ratings, employee performance metrics on the grid.

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b) Custom Icons can fill standard charts to show information in an intuitive and end user-friendly interface. In this example the seat filled is represented by a bar chart with custom icons (square) .
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c) Users can apply business-specific images as custom icons in addition to the options offered out of box with Vitara.
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4. Custom Icons can be applied as a conditional marker to easily identify data anomalies and patterns

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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


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.