It didn't go as initally planned, no. A lot of variables, it's a real learning curve. Especially when you're using a lot of and relying on outside resources. As you probably know, that has changed. I believe they are beginning to "beef up" the team and / or rotate some people out. It will be interesting to see how it proceeds now under new direction. Our new CIO is quite different than his predecessor who was always 3 deep in consultants who were all on their cell phones!
I've heard that it's not really that information is being "controlled" at corporate but that all of the information that they're used to seeing is may no longer be available - at least not yet - or in the formats they are used to seeing it. I've also heard that previously it was more a lack of good communication which caused problems such as the inventory snaffu you mentioned. Too many cooks?
On your last comment about playing with the numbers, well honestly, what do you think our / any financial people do? Nothing new there!
I haven't heard anything yet regarding the division's goals. But if you get a chance, please explain "mine". How do I know if I've met "the overall Corporate goals"? There has been lots of discussion on this and nobody I've talked to seems to understand.