Have you ever considered moving into a management track? Your extensive technical history teamed with your education should position you well for a move in this direction. In a management role, being well-rounded or more of a "generalist" can actually be to your advantage.
Your first step should be to share your career goals with your current management. They can help you start the process by guiding you in the appropriate direction. Take the lead on high-profile projects and start to build experience leading people.
Maybe even more important to a manager's success than the advanced knowledge and skills you already posses are "soft" skills such as communication, delegation, project management and motivation. In a recent survey developed by RHI Consulting, a vast majority of CIOs polled cited strong interpersonal abilities as the most important quality for reaching management levels. Invest some of your time strengthening these elements through classes, books and practice and you'll be on your way to making the most of your well-developed skills -- both technical and business.
This was first published in February 2001