Santa's information dashboard - Version 2.0


How does Santa keep track of everything on his big night? I can't confirm or deny that he uses SAS software -- but if he does, it would look a lot like this! ...

A couple of years ago, I blogged about a prototype dashboard that I wrote for Santa. This year, I've enhanced the dashboard to include some recently-added SAS animation functionality. Now there is an "Animate!" button on the map pane of the dashboard, and when you click it you'll see Santa's secret sleigh route through that continent animated. Click the image below to try out the dashboard, and see the animations:


When you're viewing the dashboard, click a continent in the upper/left map, and you'll see that continent's route in the large (top/right) map pane. You can hover your mouse over the map areas to see the country names, and click on them to launch a Google search for Christmas traditions in that country. The naughty/nice bar chart is also updated for each continent. And don't forget to scroll down to the reindeer stats in the bottom/right, to see whether the reindeer have met their target in several performance categories.

Feel free to share this dashboard with all the little kids you know ... and even the big kids you think might enjoy it!


About Author

Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 25 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).


  1. Robert,

    Very, deeply amusing as well as informative! So, that's how Santa does it:-)!

    Best wishes to you and your many readers for a happy holiday season!

    (aka Michael A. Raithel)

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