@SaneIT, I've always enjoyed your posts. Could tell we came from similar backgrounds, although I suspect your current biz unit a little bigger than where I've been now since 1998. I'm the freaking Lone Ranger here. :-)Actually funny, I have a division level title of Application Lead of our Special Products division but no one reports to me, no other developers in this division. That is fairly recent, Corp centralized IT about 3-4 years ago and I got that title/job. I was just "IT Manager" of this biz unit before that, with one Windows admin guy reporting to me.
But my Hybrid nature helped in this new division role. One of other units in this division ran their business from an old Windows application called Shiva (then TigrAps) integrated with Access databases. I've had to keep them running also, even though my only Access experience was using for billing system when I had my own consulting company for a year. :-)
I've been working with IBM i5 (AS400) server since 1988 when it was invented, writing apps and supporting ERP that runs on it. That used to be green screen work (and sometimes still is) but have been writing browser based apps hitting i5 since late 1990's. At first it was pure HTML/CGI coding, now I have standardized on Sencha's Ext JS. You've got to keep up with tech if you want to last in IT.
One bad thing about being like this, and working with so much autonomy for most of my career, is the one time my biz unit got bought by bigger company I did not fit in very well. I'm pretty sure it was them, that company got absorbed by an even bigger company (and disappeared) about a year after they bought us. I was long gone by then, took my severance and went into consulting for a few years. The bureaucracy and slow pace that company had was not something I could deal with. In my opinion, the IT leaders were incompetent fools there. But nothing I could change, even though the business people I worked with there liked me a lot.