Editor's note: Jim Ditmore is a senior VP of IT infrastructure and operations at Allstate. He is a regular contributor to I&T's sister site InformationWeek.

IT organizations are challenged to keep up with the latest wave of cloud, mobile and big data technologies, which are outside the traditional areas of staff expertise. Some industry pundits recommend bringing on more technology "generalists," since cloud services in particular can call on multiple areas of expertise (storage, server, networking). Or they recommend employing IT "service managers" to bundle up infrastructure components and provide service offerings. But such organizational changes can reduce your team's expertise and accountability and make it more difficult to deliver services. So how do you grow your organization's expertise to handle new technologies? At the same time, how do you organize to deliver business demands for more product innovation and faster delivery yet still ensure efficiency, high quality and security? Read full story on InformationWeek

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