Here is the situation, I am (by my own admission) a bit of a Trouble Maker. Not in the 'The Police have been called' sense, but in the 'Hey, this system has a problem and we should fix it and make it better' sense. Often in a very pro-active Bull/China shop way. As Such, I have instigated and spearheaded many projects.
For reference - I work in IT and I'm in a relatively senior position.
I've got a pretty good relationship with my Manager who generally recognizes that when I've got a bee in my bonnet about something, I've got a good reason and that the outcome will generally be beneficial to all parties and as such, gives my great leeway in getting up to Corporate Mischief.
For a little back-ground info, the Company I work for recently got bought out by a big overseas corporate, who then merged with another big overseas corporate. As such, we've got one big team, where nobody really knows each other and everyone is doing their own thing on their own systems - the process of Integration is painfully slow - but given how big the new entity is, understandable. Also of note - because of the mergers and acquisitions, many people in the Management sphere have had a lot of Movement (Resignations, reshuffles, new roles/responsibilities etc.)
Things have been quiet (never a good sign) so I've been up to my usual tricks of finding things that piss me off or could be improved and then setting about a way to make them better. I have found one such system. I initially attempted to make it better in one way, got rather far and then hit a road block (it happens...) so I've attempted another direction - which would involve integrating that system with one that is currently maintained out of the main corporate office, NOT any of the offices for our Region.
When I raised this as an option to my Boss, I got a very VERY hard 'No' - reasons given were that previous systems had been integrated with the Head Office, with promises made of continuation of Access and relevant permissions etc. Only for this to be reneged on.
I've heard of this type of behavior, where Office located in one Region believe they are the only ones capable of maintaining a critical system and all other locations are mere plebians. But because of the region I work in, I've never had to contend with this sort of behavior at this scale.
So now you know the background (I have had to make it generic so as to not give away any identifiable info) - here's the Concerns:
1: I think my Managers concern is reasonable as there does seem to be a tug-of-war with certain systems where privileged access is only granted to users in a specific region (which happens to have the Head office and other large offices) - However I don't want to be stuck with an inefficient system because of an inter-department pissing match.
2: How does one navigate such a pissing match? Do you side with your boss and show Loyalty or do you try to toe the wider Corporate line of 'Everything must be integrated'.
3: Are there any major minefields I should be careful of wandering into when there is an inter-department rivalry? Especially with fresh structure changes?
4: Any Technical advise on how best to handle this?
So, before I had the discussion with my Boss, I had sent an Email to various parties - and this morning I got a written reply from said Boss and a number of things have raised my Spidey-Sense from 'Hmmm' to 'Oh Dear'.
Firstly it was very explicit "Please stop all communications on this subject" - but more concerning was that it was reply-all'd except for the person from the Head office who the original email was sent direct to.
Now, I don't think this was an accident as a number of people in the management team from the regional office were also CC'd in.
It's one thing to merely Omit sharing certain details, it is another to deliberately hide them.
Suffice to say, I believe I have just witnessed the opening Salvo.
I think I have a clearer understanding of what is happening, based on some comments here and there and some further discussions with another new part of the business.
It goes something like this - if I integrate it with the Head Office, my Boss is worried that we will loose access - I've got a suspicion that my Boss has Job Security concerns with Head Office taking over functions (and also some whispers about perception of my Boss made by ex-C-Suite people who I'm on good terms with).
He is looking to integrate with said other new part of the business, I believe so that we can deliver a working solution and then he can say to Head Office 'See, look what we have here, no need to take over ownership of it, we have the expertise to manage this complete within our region' and use that to sure up his position in the Company.
In Short, he's keen to use the Technical Methodology that I've proposed, he just wants to keep the Head Office out of it. This mostly makes my decision for me - my primary focus is on the Technical side - I should note that this still doesn't sit right with me and I've thought about dropping an anonymous email to some higher-ups, but the reality is that the people who are aware of this project can be counted with fingers and all the others bar me work in the same geographic location and also share other commonalities (Blood is thicker than water...), so it wouldn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure who it was.
So for now, I think this answers my question - address the technical issue.
I want to thank all the people that posted answers and gave feedback and insight - seeing the different perspectives has helped me to gain some clarity of thought.
Interesting Final Edit:
So this is just a short update because there have been some rather interesting developments. It turns out that my Gut Feel about where the Head Office (and therefore Company) wanted to go was 100% correct and the direction my Manager wanted to go in was... Not so much. Suffice to say they are now my Ex-Manager due to a pattern of behavior of them putting up roadblocks to integration and wanting to retain their own little kingdom without the pesky oversight from Corporate.