In the course of researching a marketing campaign aimed at IT professionals, I have interviewed dozens of such workers over the past year. Some are middle-aged; some are very young. I\u2019ve talked to men and women in all parts of the country who worked at large and small firms.\nOne thing that struck me is that I have not met a single one who was relaxed. They are all stressed and have no time. They are tortured souls who are constantly checking their phones. They live their lives on the edge of disaster.\nPerhaps this isn\u2019t true across the board. A 2016 survey from TEKsystems showed that IT workers were less stressed than a few years ago. Yet even in that survey, the workers\u2019 job satisfaction was low with less than one half agreeing that they were doing the most satisfying work of their careers.\nFor businesses, this is a major problem. To stay on the right side of digital transformation, a company needs an energetic and engaged IT department. Yet low satisfaction leads to increasing anomie. If it continues, IT workers will move on to another company, since they are so in demand.\nThe good news is that this is merely a transitional moment. As automation accounts for more and more IT work, the position will be less consumed with grunt work and will be more about improving the overall business. In my opinion, being a CIO is a more attractive role than it has ever been.\nSources of discontent\nThe biggest pain points for IT administrators right now is that they\u2019re being asked to implement so many things that they can\u2019t keep up. Some CIOs spend as much as 80 percent of their budgets maintaining the status quo.\nThat leaves a small amount of the budget to grow or change or innovate just as businesses and their customers are asking for more and more from IT. For instance, employees take it for granted today that they should be able to access any data they want at any time from any device.\nThe end result of this is often shadow IT in which workers go around the IT department and purchase their own solutions, often compromising security.\nTo add to this, IT administrators have less power over their budgets than they used to. Gartner predicts\u00a0that in 2017 the CMO will have more IT purchasing power than the CIO. Budgets are usually allocated at the department level so the head of a department can pursue her own IT solution independent of the CIO.\nLooking at these factors, it\u2019s no mystery why CIOs are often so miserable. Occupational therapists say that control is the key factor related to job satisfaction. That explains why plumbers who run their own businesses are happier in general than doctors and lawyers who don\u2019t. An IT director in 2017 has little control over her budget and how workers are buying and using IT. At the same time, she absorbs the blame if something goes wrong.\nThe happy CIO\nThe biggest way to alleviate this psychic pain is to restructure your data center. A lot of the stress of the IT administrator job is related to maintaining a legacy system. Traditionally, an IT system is based on a three-tier infrastructure, including computing, storage and networking.\nOn top of that, there\u2019s another layer of operations management that includes software, virtualization, applications and the management of all those things. Those are four teams. That does not provide a lot of synergy and makes things complicated. Every time a CIO wants to deploy something, she will spend a lot of energy architecting a solution to work within those constructs. Such deployment can take weeks or months, which can\u2019t keep up with workers\u2019 demands.\nSuch infrastructures can be replaced by converged or hyperconverged platforms, which remove that front-end architecture and allow for deployment in minutes or days. Maintenance is also easier with such a system.\nAnother benefit of this approach is that IT workers can be generalists rather than specialists. There\u2019s no need to have a networking expert on hand, for instance.\nThat is the way forward. A converged platform and increasing automation will help a CIO become more of a generalist and combine that knowledge with business acumen. As a result, the CIO of the future will worry less about keeping the lights on and more about P&L.\nThat\u2019s why even though we\u2019re in a transitional period right now, there is no better time to be an IT administrator. With fewer day-to-day headaches and more say as to the overall direction of the company, the CIO\u2019s job satisfaction will rise. Perhaps someday soon they will even be as happy as plumbers.