To bring things back to the discussion at hand:
I downloaded the update on Friday night after printing out my reports one more time. The effects were somewhat more far reaching than the email led one to believe.
I am all for the standardization of calling names. I think it is a good thing, so don't take this as a complaint, merely a report of what transpired.
I spent two hours working on cleaning up the names, and putting things back in order and couldn't finish. Even then, I still spent a good 4-5 hours adjusting and correcting to get things where they should be.
Admittedly some of this was cleanup of old issues, and general maintenance, but the update did kind of force the issue.
At this time we now have only a handful of custom callings (mostly Relief Society, they know how to utilize people!
I needed the Bishopric to go through the list to make sure things were correct and make those changes too.
In the end, this was a much more disruptive update than anticipated, but we are now in a much better place as far as standardization and organization of callings. That being the case it was worth the disruption, though I wish I had been prepped for that a bit in advance.
One thing that would have made it far easier would have been the ability to change a calling to a standard name without having to delete the old calling and add a new one with duplicate information but the new standard name. That and the ability to change categories of a calling (move from Other to Sunday School for instance) would have saved me a significant amount of time.
This was relatively easy for me, though time consuming, but without those changes it will be a much more difficult shift for many of the less technically savvy clerks.
Also, it should be made more clear that there are a minimum of two unlocks that need to occur. The first one unlocks the member data after a couple of downloads and a few minutes. The second was the financial unlock and that took over half an hour before it was ready to download. This is not how long it took to actually download, but rather the processing time on the server side before the changes were sent down. If you don't get both unlocks, you will have some of the issues that are being discussed in this thread.
I recommend going to the help menu at the top and selecting the option to view the downloads (i don't remember the nomenclature as I am at work right now) before doing the downloads. You can see when it has run out of stuff going up and down based on this, and give it some time before trying again.
My final summary: the update was worth it, but it took longer than anticipated. Plan on several hours of re-organization into your cycle.
Oh, and backups are SOOOOOO much faster! We went from just over 10 minutes to less than one. That was worth the headache in and of itself!