Monday.com – the big picture
If you are reading these words it is most likely because you are new to Monday and find yourself asking this question – what is monday.com used for?
Here’s the beginner’s break-down of what Monday.com is;
The heart and soul of Monday.com are these things known as Boards. It is in these Boards that you can store and action pretty much any kind of data you can imagine.
By default, every Monday.com Board when created will consist of one table which is made up of rows and columns and looks more or less like an Excel or Google Sheets spreadsheet. (Often people use the term “Board” and “Table” almost interchangeably, which is confusing, but the fact of the matter is that they are different. A Monday Board can contain a single Table or multiple Tables but a Table cannot contain a Board).
You can create other ways of representing the data contained in each Board (like a Dashboard which allows you to create custom reports) and you can also create multiple filtered and sorted views of the main Table which allow you to display only the data you want to see. But for now we will concentrate on Boards and Tables as all data in Monday.com no matter how you display it is sourced from a Table or Tables.
Each Table can contain multiple rows and columns and groups. Each row can contain one item and each item can contain multiple sub-items.
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In my opinion, there are many features that make Monday.com unique. However, to me the key features that really set it apart from the competition are the features that make it a true Work OS or Work Operating System.
These key features are as follows;
The table view in Monday.com lends itself to an easy and instant high level snapshot of all the data contained in the Board. To help transparency even further, while you can collapse Groups and the items they contain, all Groups will always be expanded by default whenever you open a Table in Monday.com.
When you create a new Board, by default it will contain one Table (called the “Main table”) that always contains and displays every single item/piece of data you have created within the Board.
Now, you can filter and sort that Main Table, but you can’t save any filtered views or sorts applied to a Main Table and this is by design. The idea is that when you view the Main Table you always see every single piece of information contained within that Table and the Board itself.
Ability to store and action almost any kind of data you can imagine.
Because there are so many different types of columns, you can use Boards in Monday.com to store, display and action practically any type of information you can think of. As an example, in my own Monday.com account I have boards that represent everything from tasks to cashflow items to social media posts and other content. The only limitation really is your own imagination.
Because you can store pretty much any type of data you can imagine in a Board and you can link any item (AKA piece of data) in one Board to any other item in any other Board, this allows you to bring practically all of your data into one place.
This not only allows you to move away from siloed data, it also allows you to automate pretty much any process or workflow.
What is Monday.com used for?
I have run out of time for today but I will continue this another time and will answer the question of what Monday.com is used for then.
Monday.com’s complete customisability and powerful automations and integrations really to make it a super powerful Work OS that is capable of automating practically any business process or workflow you can think of.
I will continue to update this article as and when I have time so do check back in from time to time.