Functional Management


The job of your leadership and management team is to plan, organize, direct and control business activities that are going to provide value for both your clients, and your employees.


Every organization needs a leader who is both empathetic and decisive. Someone has to be in charge of the organizations’ direction and budget, and have final authority to decide on the plan of action. Using data to make decisions is decidedly the best way to make good decisions. Knowledge is Power, and Power is the ability to do work. Working the right way provides value to customers, meaningful and enjoyable work to employees, and profits to owners. If you want to succeed, get organized. Data management is a capability, and Align 1st can help you develop that capability so that your actions are aligned with your decisions and your vision for the future success of your organization.


When it comes to process and systems transformation with respect to data management and enablement, it is the mangers’ job to understand the ecosystem, the visions and goals for the future, to come up with a plan to implement the ongoing enhancements and updates needed to stay profitable, to drive the implementation of the plan through to completion, to oversee the transition over to the business for every day operations, and then to monitor and control the use and utilization of the system to make sure that expectations and service level metrics are met. Managers are responsible for profitability and the success of the business overall, in order to do that they need to know what is happening and how to measure it, so that they can understand it, control it, and leverage it to maximal effect.


Managers define the vision, goals and purpose of the work. In order to do this they need to think critically about operations and performance. There are various exercises and tools they can use to think through their plans, evaluate their performance, and determine their goals. Operational, financial, and Economic modeling can help managers get a better understanding of their business growth, profitability, and viability. Research, analysis, synthesis, and decisiveness can be completed using various tools and techniques that help managers figure out what decisions to make, and why. Consultants can help in this process by bringing an analysis program that assesses the business and summarized results, and then makes recommendations. They can also help with the solution architecture, planning, implementation, and transition phases.