>> I've only been in IT for 15 years and at the ripe age of 48, I know that's a very short time for many of you,.
LOL! I have socks that are older than you! And God help me. I'm still wearing them! My first paying job in IT was in 1965.
>> but I've learned way too many times that there's rarely such a thing as a "quick and easy" change. <<
Oh, grasshopper, you are wise beyond your years << insert yoda face>> 🙂
Actually, this is one of the basic laws of systems engineering, which is usually phrased as, "in the system. You cannot change just one thing." It is based on the fact that a complex system, things are interrelated.
Please post DDL and follow ANSI/ISO standards when asking for help.