Technology. Differently.

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Hi LA, we’re SugarShot – an open rebellion against the IT grain. Our team specializes in managed IT support, cybersecurity and computer network services for Los Angeles businesses. 

We know that slow and unreliable technology can be crippling to a growing business. Our goal is simple: to reduce your IT stress and deploy the technology solutions you need to reach your growth goals. We offer simple pricing and scalable IT solutions for teams of all sizes. Our services include proactive IT planning, security, incident response, IT compliance and 24/7 support.

 
$5,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2018
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • 5777 W. Century Blvd. Suite 1500
    Los Angeles, CA 90045
    United States

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Managed IT Services for Texting Software Company

"They give us what we need on time, taking responsibility and accountability for their tasks."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot provides ongoing IT services. Their work includes handling audio, making hardware recommendations, setting up firewalls, and rebooting laptops and desktops. The team is also in charge of tickets.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
California
VP of IT Operations, Texting Software Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to their adaptability, SugarShot has done good work so far. In addition to being easily accessible, they are a communicative team that outlines deadlines and invoices as needed. Additionally, throughout the partnership, they have been willing to take on tasks outside their scope of work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of IT operations for a texting software company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We needed some staffing and remote IT work done.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SugarShot handled everything related to IT, including audio, hardware recommendations, setting up internet firewalls, networks, and much more. They also did reboot work on laptops and desktops. They handle about 200 tickets and would give us the rest. 

What is the team composition?

I worked with Arnie (Co-Founder & CEO), Brandon (Solutions Architect), an account manager, and a couple of other teammates who took care of tickets.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in 2016 and our engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

SugarShot does pretty well. Through the system, we were able to see metrics such as how many tickets were still open and how many had been closed. 

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

We have weekly meetings to go over tickets and any other issues. The team is available and responsive. When necessary, Brandon is personally involved in tasks. They give us what we need on time, taking responsibility and accountability for their tasks. SugarShot makes proper deadline estimates, gives itemized invoices, and is very communicative.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I really like their flexibility and availability. If I call to speak with a certain person, I receive a callback quickly, or a time when that person would be available to call back. Regarding flexibility, they don’t tell us that tasks we ask them to do aren’t in the scope of their job. 

They go with the flow of the project, doing what we asked them to do. If they don’t have something we need, they come up with that feature for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They are a startup, and we’ve seen improvements over the course of our engagement. They listen to feedback and make changes accordingly. For example, they didn’t have a dashboard. We asked them about it, and they worked on that.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Share the pain points immediately. If there’s an issue, share that with them, and don’t let it go on. They can only work on it if they’re made aware of it.

5.0
Overall Score It’s been a very good experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Managed IT Services for Nonprofit Education Organization

"There’s integrity between what they promised and what they deliver."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot provides managed IT services to support operations and security for a nonprofit organization. The team developed a plan to implement projects according to budget and security requirements.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Novato, California
Rich Dixon
Director of Online Learning & IT, PBLWorks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SugarShot delivers valuable services that generate positive feedback and support internal stakeholders effectively. The team is responsive and provides resources that enable transparent collaboration. They invested time to understand the organization, which results in an ongoing partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of IT for a nonprofit organization that serves K–12 educators. We focus on the implementation of project-based learning. We’re generally acknowledged as though-leaders in that realm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We’re a quickly growing organization that didn’t have the time or money to build an internal IT department. We needed to grow our capacity to meet our folks’ needs with half of them being anywhere between the East Coast and Hawaii. We were challenged with how to best support our folks, especially those in the field who may be in front of clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SugarShot met with us to create a roadmap that would attend to the different needs within our organization. They took the time to meet with those who often didn’t engage with our former IT partner because of their location. It was important for us to come up with a plan to help assure those people that they were going to be able to have their needs met in real-time.

Their team developed a map that made clear what we needed to tackle first based on our budget and security needs. And we’ve been able to work closely with their team to implement that roadmap. Their team was able to build a process and confidence around the new plan for employees to access help.

What is the team composition?

SugarShot met with our IT manager and me to build capacity.

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

I worked as a managed service provider years ago, so I was familiar with our local landscape. I looked at some service providers and found reviews of modern agencies. I noticed that many responses from firms were traditional, which we didn’t want. SugarShot wasn’t looking to replicate a large, corporate IT structure for a smaller to mid-sized nonprofit like ours. Their team had a clear understanding of our culture and mission before we got on our first call. They did background work, which intrigued me. I also focused on finding a firm with the ability to speak to us as a peer. Their team showed a disposition to attend to our needs as a partner.

How much have you invested with them?

Our monthly spend is around $5,400 but the onboarding process cost about $6,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with SugarShot in February 2020 when we transitioned from our former provider.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

First and foremost, our teachers who are on the frontlines are more relaxed about their IT needs. Before, they would go to one another and post random questions in a Slack channel to see if anyone could help them.

SugarShot’s willing to meet with our teams to understand their needs. We’ve heard positive feedback and didn’t hear one complaint during the onboarding process. No one’s complained about not having their tickets addressed. I consistently get pinged in Slack by teammates who express how nice it is to have this resource.

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

We use either email or direct phone calls to set up specific times to start working on tasks. In our weekly calls, we talk about any potential challenges so that small issues don’t become big ones. We use Microsoft teams to manage projects and keep the communication clear.

Additionally, their team has a portal that we can use to see any hotspots. We can also review tickets and their solutions. It’s clear when a ticket’s submitted and when it's resolved. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

SugarShot really walks their talk. It’s one thing to claim that you’ll be responsive and feel like part of the team. But they actualized those claims, which is hard to do in this industry. Their team doesn’t feel like a standard managed service provider. They’ve far exceeded my expectations. There’s integrity between what they promised and what they deliver.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can’t say that there’s anything that we wish they’d done differently. It’s important that their team continues to be dedicated to understanding our culture and what motivates our decisions.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

See this engagement as a partnership. I don’t know what the experience would be like if you only wanted IT services. My experience is having SugarShot meet with different groups in our organization to make connections. That investment made the transition successful. Our staff was able to see SugarShot for who they are, which is a group of people who are fun and communicate well.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IT Managed Services for Engineering Membership Association

“Their turnaround time is great, and they’re always quick to get back to us.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot serves as the ongoing technology and IT partner for a membership-based engineering association. They’ve developed a data recovery system as well as supported the company in an office relocation. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Covina, California
Mike Keilty
Director of Finance, SAMPE
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team takes an active role in determining strengths and areas of improvement for the partner, guiding them in a new, more robust technological direction. Their enthusiastic staff and ability to accommodate client needs are hallmarks of their work. They give accounts the attention they need.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re an engineering membership-based association. Our primary function is to disseminate information. We put on a few trade shows each year, including several conferences. My position here is director finance.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We had an in-house specialist who was assigned to assessing risk and threats from a technology standpoint. Eventually, that became too much work for one person, so we wanted to bring in a team to support those efforts.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We’re on a monthly retainer with them. In the beginning, they conducted site surveys. After we hired them, we were in the process of relocating to a new facility. They assisted in moving all IT equipment and properly reinstalling it. At this point, we reach out to them with any IT issues that come up in our day-to-day work. Whether it’s a printing issue or if we’re planning on implementing a new system, we can call on them. Even if we aren’t experiencing any problems, they often check in to make sure that we’re up and running effectively.

They manage our whole system, providing us with a solid backup and recovery system. We’re writing out to the cloud, which has helped us develop a rock-solid recovery plan. That was shakey beforehand, so it was nice to experience upgrades. They also update our hardware, working with us remotely to manage our system.

What is the team composition?

If we have something more severe, I’ll get involved with a higher-level engineer. Oftentimes, though, our problems would be solved upon our first call with their team. In terms of the move, they sent out people to assess the work along with a team to make the move happen.

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

We met with several vendors, but they were reasonably priced and caring in their interviews. It felt like they would be easily accessible, always within reach of our team. This seemed like an opportunity to start a personal relationship with a qualified team of professionals. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $37,000 annually to be a part of their maintenance program. From time to time, there are additional minimal charges as well. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2015, and our relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Their team acts as our IT team. I rely heavily on them for all of our IT needs. They have a matrix that they use to keep track of our strengths and weaknesses and a company. That’s helped us focus more closely on things we want to address. For instance, they’ve pointed us toward multi-factor authentication to make our systems more secure.  

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

At this point, everything seems to be running smoothly. However, we don’t always have their full vision communicated to us. It would be nice to have more guidance on that. However, they’re great at identifying our needs and initiating change. They’ve met with us in response, but we want to continue to work them further into our internal team. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their turnaround time is great, and they’re always quick to get back to us. Additionally, they’re accomodating. I genuinely enjoy the people that work there. They’re pleasant and courteous. I like the way they conduct their business. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Sometimes, we don’t know what we need even when we think we do. We’d love for them to continuously communicate with us further. That would help them better understand our goals. Growing our relationship has been a learning process. It would be great if they could understand our goals and business even more than they do now.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IT Services & Support for Platinum Awards Manufacturer

“I absolutely believe that the engagement has been worth it, and on top of that, it’s been an enjoyable experience.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot is providing a digital security and server infrastructure overhaul for a music awards agency. They developed backups, implemented Microsoft 365, and are updating a variety of website functions.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Inglewood, California
Ashley Gomez
Production Manager, Jewel Box Platinum
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The upgrades, troubleshooting, increased accessibility, and peace of mind provided by SugarShot have been extremely beneficial to their client, allowing them to focus on the core of their business. The team is knowledgeable and friendly, delivering on the project with excellent customer service.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The company that I work for is called Jewel Box Platinum. We have been in business for 25 years and are located in Inglewood, California. My name is Ashley Gomez and I am the general manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We were trying to grow as a company, utilizing technology and team-based environments to interact with each other and our clients in a better, more efficient way.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an older security system in place, but it didn’t work very well, and our old IT provider had made everything very proprietary. He knew all of the passwords, and we weren’t able to update things ourselves. We initially brought SugarShot in to help us establish a more streamlined and accessible security system.

The first phase was establishing an offsite backup for all 15 years of our digital asset files. Then we phased in Microsoft 365, which allows our employees to communicate with each other and share files more easily. Since then, we’ve been working to update the rest of our server infrastructure and develop plans for them to support our website.

What is the team composition?

We work with their owner directly, as well as account managers, team managers, their finance team, and a plethora of engineers both on- and off-site. Our primary points of contact are the account manager, team leader, and one particular engineer who has been absolutely incredible.

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

It was really important for us to find an LA-based company because we wanted to have the ability to get face-to-face help relatively easily. That was particularly important to our owner. SugarShot was basically just up the street, and from the start were very open to coming on-site on a moment’s notice.

We looked at a few other vendors, and they were essentially the only company to just sit down with us and discuss what our goals were and what it would take to get there like normal people. That was what convinced us to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend about $8,000 a month, not including specific project charges, which puts us around $ in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in January 2018 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Our partnership with SugarShot has been very successful, and at several points genuinely critical to our operations as a company. For example, a construction company once cut through all of our internet and phone cables, and as a digital company, we were basically completely unable to function. Their engineers worked around the clock on the phone with our provider until they figured out what had gone wrong.

In that situation and others, they have consistently provided status reports on everything they do, troubleshooting for problems of any kind, and explanations of all the aspects of the work they think you should understand.

Between their work on our passwords, our servers, and restoring access to our security camera system, they have saved us thousands of dollars in the long run. I absolutely believe that the engagement has been worth it, and on top of that, it’s been an enjoyable experience.

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

They really excel in project management. The only thing that took us a little while to get used to is that we were previously able to call our engineer directly, and now we have to call a dispatch person and wait a little bit longer for the right engineer to call you back. However, I think that’s just a product of having a much more organized system in place.

Overall, SugarShot does a great job. We have weekly or biweekly calls set up according to our needs, and larger quarterly meetings where we establish a larger direction for our work together and evaluate our progress toward and achievement of various goals.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their customer service combined with the level of knowledge that their engineers have is truly excellent.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think there is anything we wish they did differently.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They are a heavy-duty IT firm, so you really want to be a company that needs that kind of help. If you do, they’ll do an excellent job, but make sure you have a list of all of your goals for them to be able to work through in order to make the engagement as productive for you as possible.

5.0
Overall Score They have given us the breathing room to be able to focus on what we do here.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re better schedulers than we are.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It’s really a lot of value for what we pay them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The quality of their services is better than what I ever imagined them to be.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would absolutely refer them to anyone.

Managed IT Services for Community Church

“They’re notably strong with information security.”

Quality: 
3.5
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Feb. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After examining a community church’s computer system, SugarShot led a technology upgrade process, suggesting new computers and ISP services. They conducted site surveys during the discovery process.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
John Hampton
Business Administrator, Center of Hope
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The team offered experienced technological opinions and has grown with the client for years as a long-term partner. While grasping the nuances of the client's unique user base was a challenge, the work and communication were satisfactory. Their services also came at a reasonable price.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the business administrator of a community church located in Los Angeles, California.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We wanted to improve the IT infrastructure of the organization, which was fragmented when I was hired. Our goal was to organize all aspects of IT and IT products.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, they assessed the organization’s current infrastructure and determined which computer systems would work well for us. That process included site surveys where they examined our hardware to decide whether or no we needed to upgrade. They ended up recommending new computer systems to make our team more efficient. In addition, they supported us in connecting with an ISP service.

Initially, the work was done on-site. That allowed them to get a good idea of our current systems. After the survey and setup of new computers, they began to monitor their work remotely.

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

I looked at various potential providers, focusing on those that could meet the needs of a unique organization. Our users’ ability and knowledge of technology are varied. It was imperative that our partner could understand that. We also wanted to be able to grow with our partner, so we were looking for someone who was just establishing a foothold in the industry like we were. SugarShot fit that bill for us.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $50,000 each year with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started our engagement in February 2014, and it’s still ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

The work has been implemented and acceptable for our organization as we stand today. Because of our variety of user experiences, we’re not the most straightforward customer. This has been a growing experience for SugarShot. We’ve often explained the importance of keeping our users’ perspective in mind when planning a project because what gets implemented easily at a small business may take twice as long at a church. Our users vary in technical skill levels. Overall, though, I think they did an adequate job.

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

Again, they did an adequate job in this area. In order to create an effective project management plan, you have to know your client, how they operate, and how long implementation might take. The shop is growing in their understanding of our unique client base. They’re learning that what might work for one type of business, may not be successful at another type of small business.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re notably strong with information security. That’s been very helpful to us. In this day and age, a small business has to be able to protect itself from various IT risks. SugarShot was also a great fit for our organization because it matched our growing pattern. They were building a client base, in the same situation as we were. We’ve been able to grow together, and their prices were not extremely high as a result. That was also helpful for us. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

It all goes back to being able to effectively assess the environment and user base. When taking surveys, it would be great if they could understand the long-term climate versus immediate client needs. For instance, we had ended up having to pay much more for wireless access points than they estimated because of the steel infrastructure in our building.

The same goes for the computers they recommended. While they were an upgrade, they’re not necessarily conducive to the work we do here. The results would’ve been excellent if they more accurately understood and assessed our business.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 3.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IT Staff Augmentation for Equipment Dealership

"In it for the long-haul, they consider your concerns with the bigger picture in mind."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jul. 2013 - Present
Project summary: 

SugarShot provides ongoing network traffic monitoring as well as infrastructure improvements and IT staff augmentation. They work in pursuit of improved reliability and network uptime.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Jon Tompkins
Manager of Information Technology, Quinn Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Concerned with ongoing success, SugarShot created a well-documented process improvement roadmap and assisted us in getting the network stable. They were available anytime for crisis management or planned process improvements and were easy to work with. Customers can expect a responsive partner.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there

I’m the manager of information technology at Quinn Company, a caterpillar and heavy machinery dealership. We’re a one-stop-shop for all our customers’ earthmoving, agriculture, engine, lift truck, and equipment rental needs. I am responsible for all aspects of business technology services companywide. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot? 

Within the last decade, our company’s growth had outpaced the capabilities of our existing infrastructure, which was aging quickly and had become incapable of delivering our required level of service. Additionally, our existing IT team members were spending their day performing reactionary crisis management instead of performing root cause analysis and fixes.

I needed to partner with a professional organization that had the specific skillsets our infrastructure was built around and that could take a non-biased, holistic view of our network. They also had to offer a phased improvement roadmap that could be jointly implemented and maintained. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Initially, SugerShot did an analysis of our network and presented a comprehensive, multi-phase roadmap prioritizing higher risk issues. They presented their findings and recommendations, and we entered into a partnership to begin implementing the fixes. This involved installing network traffic monitoring and alert tools and bandwidth consumption controls. 

SugarShot became the “eyes” on our network traffic and worked closely with team members to make improvements where necessary. We held regular status meetings and the network stability and reliability quickly improved. 

What is the team composition?

Our entire IT team had access to their helpdesk hotline 24/7, and we were given points of contact to address or elevate issues if need be.  I had direct contact with Sr. Engineers, Security Experts, Administrators, and Helpdesk Technicians, and even their executive staff on occasions. 

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

My predecessor initiated the relationship with SugarShot; however, they were not actively engaged in any efforts when I came on board.  SugarShot’s executive team remained in contact with me as I assumed the IT leadership role, and when we were ready, I reached out to them for assistance. The existing IT staff knew of them from prior discussions and were open to their assistance. They possessed the skillsets we needed at the time. 

How much have you invested with them?

It varied, depending on what we were trying to accomplish. We had a monitoring contract in place for around $45,000–$50,000 annually, in addition to adhoc ventures that ranged from a few thousand to $10,000–$15,000 per effort.  

What is the status of this engagement?

We initiated our business partnership in 2016 and just recently ended the contract, as we matured to a point where we can manage the network in-house. Though I don’t have a need for their services at this time, I maintain an active relationship with them and would not hesitate to call them back into action if needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Simply stated, system reliability, user response, and system uptime have all improved.       

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

They performed very well. Scopes of work were generated that clearly explained the deliverables and expectations. Tasks were organized, proper resources were assigned, and realistic timelines were projected. They have a ticketing system that tracks all adhoc request so the disposition of those items can be reviewed.

What did you find most impressive about them?

In it for the long-haul, they consider your concerns with the bigger picture in mind. They’re also able to communicate their ideas and proposals to technical and non-technical audiences. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Assistance during non-traditional work hours can be more difficult to acquire than standard assistance.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Systems Administration for International Arts Organization

“Throughout the process, they’ve been responsive, knowledgeable, and great communicators.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot offers 24/7 systems administration and general IT services to ensure the stability of a website. The team also provides assistance with security and a data recovery plan.  

The Reviewer
 
200-999 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
President, International Arts Organization
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Delivering all of the required services, SugarShot is set to take on additional IT responsibilities in the near future, turning their partnership into a lasting relationship. The team’s effective communication skills and IT expertise allow them to define and fix issues efficiently.   

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company plans, promotes, and produces showcases for emerging artists in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We were looking to partner with a team that could offer IT support and systems administration services to our website’s server network on a 24/7 basis.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In our ongoing partnership, they make sure our servers are running and address problems with downtime. SugarShot also assists with security efforts, ensuring we have the correct protocol in place. The team manages our SSL certificates, backups, and data recovery plan.  

What is the team composition?

We work with about five of their team members, one being our account manager who is our main point of contact.  

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

First, I did an online search for local managed services companies and eventually narrowed it down to two companies. After a few weeks of getting to know them both, which included them visiting our office, SugarShot seemed to be the right fit for our company. They were local, offered 24/7 systems management services, and their team had extensive security experience. Their skills and services were also within our budget, so we chose them.  

How much have you invested with them?

We are on a monthly agreement with them, spending about $2,000 each month. Here and there, we also pay additional one-time costs.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in March 2019, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

Throughout the process, they’ve been responsive, knowledgeable, and great communicators. SugarShot is made up of a lot of dedicated team members with different areas of expertise, creating a diverse team addressing our problems on our schedule.

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

They accurately identified issues and worked with us to correct them, but there are a few problems we should’ve worked out sooner than we did.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Based on their work with us so far, we intend to grow the relationship over time, working with them in larger capacities. We plan on handing greater responsibilities over to them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

If issues occur, they are communicative and willing to talk through them to work with us.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IT Consulting & Help Desk for Nonprofit

"We have a dynamic relationship where they really tailor their services to us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot provided outsourced IT services, including server management and troubleshooting. They also managed ISP services and assisted with cybersecurity and cloud services.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
CEO, Assistance League of Los Angeles
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They’ve improved cybersecurity by catching issues and providing awareness training to staff members. SugarShot responds quickly to ticket submissions and they’re flexible in meeting various IT needs. Count on them to personalize their offerings.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of the Assistance League of Los Angeles. We are a nonprofit organization that serves children who live in poverty, around half of whom are homeless or fostered. We have five different programs to help children get to school and stay in school. We serve around 22,000 children a year. We run a service enterprise as well, the revenue of which we put back into our nonprofit program.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

We decided to outsource our IT services because we didn’t feel that we needed an in-house person working full-time for us. We needed something that was set up more like a help desk, where we could call in when we had issues or needed help with certain solutions.

We have various satellite offices which face specific IT challenges. We felt that we needed people in the field that were accessible.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Primarily, they are a help desk function for us. They also manage some of our servers and our domain services as well. We have some proprietary software that they don’t necessarily manage, but they do troubleshooting for us. They also manage our ISP services in terms of making sure that everything is running. If our internet goes down, we can call them, and they will work on that. They do everything that an in-house IT person would do except that it is remote and as needed. They also help us with cybersecurity, offsite backup, and email management, as well as cloud services.

What is the team composition?

We worked with several people, including the CEO, COO, and project manager. If something is going to be outside of the scope of our monthly service or to check on the status of something, I will get in touch with the project manager. For basic troubleshooting, I work with the helpdesk.

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

They were recommended to us by another nonprofit agency that I worked with in the past. They had done a big overhaul of their IT and were letting go of the only in-house IT person they had. They had researched various options and one of their recommendations was SugarShot, whom they worked with for a while.

One of their strengths that we liked is that they have engineers all over our area should an in-person call be needed, because we can’t wait a week on certain things. A lot is done digitally, but there are certain times that things need to be set up, removed, or reinstalled.

How much have you invested in them?

We have invested between $50,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them in August 2016, and it is still an ongoing engagement.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We feel that our cybersecurity is at a whole different level, which is very reassuring. They really manage that for us very well and they catch a lot of issues. Some things come through via email, but they have also done in-house training for all staff to make people aware of what to look for and what the signs are when there is any type of cyber sabotage happening and what it looks like. We forward anything that looks vaguely suspicious to them. They have taken us to a new level and that in-person training was very effective as many people learned a lot. The staff were very appreciative. We are always trying to offer our staff tools for their professional development and this was just one of them.

We have had a very positive experience with the alacrity with which the tickets go through and how the helpdesk responds. Before we worked with them, we were in a frustrating situation where things would get dragged out and became even more problematic. They have done a lot to help us up our game when it comes to responsiveness to any issue that comes up.

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

They have very good communication over at SugarShot. We have an ongoing monthly call with the project manager, to review all the tickets for the month, and just to check in and see where we are, as well as how we feel about the services and what they can improve on from an IT standpoint. We also have a quarterly meeting with the project manager and CEO onsite to review things and to go over any suggestions they might have for us.

We get an immediate response with the helpdesk ticket. We get a number which we can then follow up on and an engineer will reach out and communicate with us the whole way through the ticket.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their flexibility in being able to tailor their product to the customer stands out to us. When we bring something to their attention that isn’t working for us, for example, a process they might have, they are very good about addressing it and correcting it almost immediately. We have a dynamic relationship where they really tailor their services to us.

When we first started, their helpdesk processing really didn’t work for us in terms of letting us know what the status was and if someone was working on it. We had a call and it was completely changed by the next week and things were much more transparent for us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There have been things that have come up over the last couple of years, but they have responded quickly when something wasn’t working for us. Their response rate and willingness to change things in order to meet our needs is exceptional.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be very clear about your specific needs because they will tailor their services to those needs. The less you leave open-ended, the more they are able to bring their strengths to the table. Give them a very clear understanding of the scope of work and what the needs are, as well as potential changes. They will bring their expertise and recommendations on the best ways to make things work.

As a nonprofit, having that hands-on personalization is very important to us. We may have gotten lost in some of the larger IT companies out there. There is never too much information that you can share with SugarShot because they really use that information to provide the services that you need.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Full Service IT System Support & Management

"As a result of their hard work, we haven’t had an issue at the border in over three years."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot provides full-service IT support for an import company. They conduct audits, make recommendations, and then implement solutions. They also provide day-to-day onsite IT support.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Long Beach, California
Richard Smith
CFO & Acting COO, Norman Krieger, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The number of system crashes impacting customs at the border has been dramatically reduced since the engagement began. SugarShot’s superior responsiveness and ability to turn constructive feedback into implementable, high-quality deliverables are hallmarks of their work.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CFO and acting COO of Norman Krieger Inc. We have import, export, and customs brokerage operations in Los Angeles, New Jersey, Hong Kong, and two warehouse operations at the Mexican border in Calexico and San Diego.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot? 

Our entire IT infrastructure was in shambles. We realized that our in-house IT manager didn’t have sufficient knowledge to handle all of our issues. We hired a different outsourced contractor, but they also weren’t giving us what we needed as an organization.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

We initially brought SugarShot on board to perform an IT audit. They made recommendations on how to clean up our infrastructure, and we hired them as a contractor to make those changes. They're in the process now of going through another audit of all our sites’ infrastructure. This is the first one we've done in two years. They're going through and inspecting every workstation to make sure that we're up to spec and everything is under control.

They provide the day-to-day IT support for all of our functions, excluding software. SugarShot provides one technician at a workstation at our location to handle internet, phone, wiring, and hardware support. He comes on board at six o'clock in the morning West Coast time, and he works exclusively for us between for the first three hours of the morning. He’s available to address any problems and be on call for our East Coast office. Their offsite support staff is available to us as well, and they can move a situation up to an engineer as needed. They also keep abreast of issues to make our systems secure from attacks.

What is the team composition? 

In consultation with us, SugarShot has hired other people of similar talent to the individual we have on site. That way, they’re able to rotate him out without any drop in service level. I don’t know how many people in total work on our account, but they’re all well-briefed on our company and our four domestic locations. 

How did you come to work with SugarShot? 

One of my vice presidents is a member of a professional organization. He met the owner of SugarShot at one of their meetings. We were so pleased with their initial audit that we brought them on full time. 

How much have you invested with them?

I’m not sure the exact amount. It's roughly equal to what we’d pay for a full-time employee with salary and fringe. We've probably spent between $100,000–$120,000 per year. 

What is the status of this engagement? 

Work started in April 2014 and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

Customs clearance is done electronically. If our system is down for more than five minutes, it's a problem. If a truck in Mexico gets to the front of the line to enter the US and our system is down, that trucker has to go to the end of the line. That can be a three-hour wait. Our customers would go to another company if those problems continue. SugarShot has been able to discover what the issues were and solve them. As a result of their hard work, we haven’t had an issue at the border in over three years. It used to happen all the time before they came on board, and now it’s a non-issue.

I’m very satisfied with the investment. Our previous providers had been making fixes for 5–10 years but there was no consistency to our IT structure. It took SugarShot about a year and a half to bring it into order because when they fixed one thing and they’d find another problem. Everything now is well-documented so we know where everything is and we know why it's there. It's what you would expect to find in a professional company. It's been quite impressive.

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

Their response time is immediate. We can put in a ticket electronically or make a phone call if there's an emergency. They’ll move a phone call up to an engineer right away to address any problem. If it's a regular issue, we'll get an answer through the ticket process within an hour. There’s also an engineer on call 24/7 in case something happens after regular business hours. SugarShot tracks our electronic connectivity so they often know if there's been a power outage before we do. Their level of service is dramatically better than what we had with other providers. 

We have one manager for all of our projects as our main point of contact. We have bi-weekly meetings each Mondays to assess how things are going. The manager is in charge of our account and keeps a pretty close eye on our issues. We also meet quarterly with SugarShot’s owners to go over any security threats.

What did you find most impressive about them? 

It was important for us to have a member of their team onsite. While several other providers said that wasn’t possible, SugarShot didn’t even blink. They were the only ones that were willing to make that happen. They said yes almost immediately, which is indicative of their high-level service. They're always willing to communicate. They took the time to learn what we do and why we do it. We're unique from most businesses, and they want to know what's important to us. SugarShot asks the right questions and listens to our needs. 

Are there any areas they could improve? 

No, because we have a process for providing SugarShot constructive feedback through our weekly meetings. We talk to the contractor as if he was an employee. Every now and then something slips or gets forgotten. They take ownership right away, and then they work to solve it. They don't make excuses. They deal with any negative feedback with open ears and a constructive attitude. I can't ask for more than that. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers? 

Communication is key. Tell them exactly what you need. You may not know what the problems are, so I recommend to start by having them do a complete system audit. They'll come back with a complete report on existing problems and suggestions for improvement.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I always want to pay less.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I'm a hard grader, so that’s a good score.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Managed IT for Law Firm

"SugarShot is helpful, friendly, and effective at what they do."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
June 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SugarShot provides ongoing managed IT services for a law firm. They oversee software, hardware, and computer systems, and they handle any glitches or issues through a ticketing system.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Marc Hankin
Managing Parter, Hankin Patent Law
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Patient and helpful, the SugarShot team manages all IT systems without issue or downtime. They respond quickly to glitches as they arise and work thoroughly to find solutions, leading to a continued relationship. 

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the managing partner of Hankin Patent Law, a law firm. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SugarShot?

SugarShot manages our IT systems.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SugarShot is our outsourced IT company. They make sure that our computers have the right software and lack glitches. They also ensure that we know what we need to do with our computer systems. The team also keep our desktop hardware up to date. We are backed up in the cloud, so neither they nor we touch our servers.

What is the team composition?

There are a few people I primarily deal with—we don’t have one person dedicated to our account.

How did you come to work with SugarShot?

I know Scott (Co-Founder, Director of Business Development, SugarShot) through a networking organization. Initially, I hired his previous company that specialized in outsourced IT. 

How much have you invested with them?

We spend $1,500 per month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2016, and the collaboration is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

SugarShot keeps our operation running smoothly. We've noticed less downtime, and we do feel more secure in our systems. The less we have to know, and the less interaction we have to have, the better our relationship. 

How did SugarShot perform from a project management standpoint?

The team communicates well. We send an email, and then SugarShot creates a ticket and get back to us quickly, whether by phone or by email. The team will come onto our computers and talk us through our problems, collecting information to inform their ultimate solutions.

What did you find most impressive about them?

SugarShot is helpful, friendly, and effective at what they do.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Since SugarShot’s formation, they’ve grown their platform their services and now has a lot of work on their plate. Other than that, I can’t think of anything specific for them to improve.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
SugarShot, LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Delaware
Id
201802610488
Date of Formation
Jan 11, 2018
Payment & Legal Filings
Bankruptcy
No
Tax Lien Filings
0
Judgement Filings
0
Collections Count
0
Last updated
Feb 29, 2020
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
13
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
4.8
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
April 16, 2020