7710 N.E. Greenwood Drive Suite 230, Vancouver.
Revenue: Owner Danny Tehrani said the company earned about $3.5 million in 2019.
Number of employees: 18.
Bureau of Labor Statistics job outlook: The bureau tracks several different computer and information-related careers, but Tehrani said that “computer and information systems managers” best described what they do. Employment of people in that occupation is expected to grow 11 percent through 2028. “Demand for computer and information systems managers will grow as firms increasingly expand their business to digital platforms,” the bureau reports. The average hourly wage in the Portland metropolitan area is $64.72 per hour or $134,630 per year.
Danny and Mike’s work-from-home tips
• Wireless internet at home should be “up to snuff,” using a good router. Danny Tehrani said Google Nest Wi-Fi or an aftermarket router will help extend your connection to other areas of a home as well.
• Video-conference apps such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams work well to maintain a connection with your co-workers when you can’t be in person.
• Secure your computer if you step away and make sure it locks with a password.
• Having cloud file access such as Microsoft One Drive or Dropbox is a big a help.
• Having a “reliable IT company with a solid game plan is a must.”
• Update your computer’s operating system, whether it’s a Mac or PC; not doing so could be a security risk. “A lot of computers out there are still using Windows 7. Windows 7 is no longer supported so Microsoft doesn’t send out security patches anymore,” Tehrani said.
• Avoid lots of streaming during your work hours. “One of the issues we’re seeing after getting someone set up to work remotely is complaints on speed issues,” said Mike Schilpp, vice president of Computers Made Easy Inc. “People also have kids at home using Netflix and things in the background.” He suggests setting specific times for these types of activities so it doesn’t impact workflow. “No matter how many devices you have, your modem can only take so much. You have a pipe and there’s only so much water that can come through. So it just matters what kind of pipeline you have and what it can receive,” Schilpp said.