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How to use the SYSPRO Diagnostics Tool

How to use the SYSPRO Diagnostics Tool

If you are looking to test, learn, or develop with business objects in SYSPRO, look no further than the Diagnostics tool. This is a utility program that can optionally be installed on either the SYSPRO Server or SYSPRO client machines using the SYSPRO installer. The program allows you load sample business object schemas and post/test various transactions in a convenient, user-friendly manner.


Getting Started with the E.Net Diagnostics Tool

To get started with the E.Net Diagnostics Tool, click the “Logon” button in the toolbar. This is the button with a green plus sign on it. A Logon screen will appear where you will have to provide various credentials in two separate tabs. 

In the “Service Settings” tab, the program will request a WCF service base address. All business objects use either a WCF or SYSPRO Load Balancer service to transact. The WCF service is optional and used in SYSPRO 6 and 7 environments whereas the Load Balancer is the latest service for SYSPRO 8 where it is required. To use the Diagnostics tool, you will have to provide a base address to your WCF or Load Balancer service. You can find this address in your SYSPRO Setup Options under System Setup E.Net Service Details.

SYSPRO Diagnostics


In the “Logon Credentials” tab you will have to specify a SYSPRO operator to sign-in with as well as the SYSPRO company you wish to connect to. By default, your SYSPRO environment should be using an “Instance” value of “0” (zero). Once your credentials have been provided, click “Logon” at the bottom of the screen.

SYSPRO Logon Credentials

Generating Schema Samples

If you provided valid connection credentials, you should now receive a “Session” variable GUID in the top right of the screen. This is a token used by SYSPRO to know that you are successfully signed in. You are now able to specify, load, and transact with business objects in the provided company.


The Business Object

To load a business object, you use the “Business Object” field in the toolbar. You can either provide the direct business object code or browse using the library button next to the field. In this example, we will be using the INVTMB object for Inventory Bin Transfers. To load the sample schemas, press “Enter” in the “Business Object” field. The default schema for our business object will load to the “Business Object Input” tab as all as the “Business Object Parameter” tab (if applicable) in the main editor on the screen. 

SYSPRO Business Object Input

The Results

You are now able to edit the business object details and post your transactions. You post the business object transaction by clicking the “Run” button found in the top toolbar. If you are only looking to test a business object, make sure to edit the “ValidateOnly” option in the business object parameters’ section. This ensures that the results you get are only validated but not actually posted to SYSPRO.

SYSPRO Multiple Calls

Schema Files Consideration

One thing to keep in mind is that the Diagnostics program will not be able to load sample business object schemas by default if you install it on a SYSPRO client machine. Schema files for business objects are only found on the SYSPRO server. To retrieve sample schemas on a client machine, you will have to edit the program’s settings to point to the “Schemas” folder on the SYSPRO server or copy the schema files from the server to your client machine. You can change the schema directory by going to File Settings Specify Schema Path.

SYSPRO Schema Path


The Diagnostics Tool by SYSPRO facilitates testing, learning, and development with business objects by allowing users to load sample schemas and conduct transactions conveniently through a user-friendly interface, requiring logon credentials including WCF service base address and SYSPRO operator information, and offering the option to edit business object details and validate transactions before posting, with a note that schema files are only available on the SYSPRO server and may need to be manually retrieved or configured on client machines.

EstesGroup ERP and IT consultants provide valuable expertise and support for organizations leveraging SYSPRO ERP, offering comprehensive assistance in maximizing the utilization of SYSPRO’s functionalities.

With deep understanding of SYSPRO’s capabilities and extensive experience in ERP implementation and optimization, EstesGroup consultants can aid businesses in streamlining processes, enhancing system integration, and optimizing workflow efficiency. Whether it’s tailoring the Diagnostics Tool to suit specific business needs, providing guidance on best practices for SYSPRO configuration, or offering training and ongoing support for users, we serve as trusted partners in driving success with SYSPRO ERP solutions.

Embrace Cloud, Save the Planet with Sustainable ERP Migration

Embrace Cloud, Save the Planet with Sustainable ERP Migration

Optimize Enterprise Resource Planning and Contribute to a Greener Future

As manufacturers and distributors face increasing pressure to optimize operations, reduce costs, and minimize their environmental impact, many are considering the move from on-premise Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions to cloud-hosted alternatives. This transition to cloud ERP offers numerous benefits, including improved scalability, accessibility, cost-efficiency, and reduced carbon footprint. In this blog post, we’ll explore three key categories of helpful tips to guide manufacturers and distributors through this transformative journey while incorporating sustainable environmental tactics.

Sustainable ERP Migration

ERP Migration to Cloud: Planning and Preparation

STEP ONE: Assess your current ERP system. Evaluate your existing on-premise ERP solution to identify its strengths, weaknesses, and pain points. This assessment will help you determine which features and functionalities are essential in your new cloud-hosted ERP system. Consider the environmental impact of your current system, such as energy consumption and hardware disposal.

STEP TWO: Define your goals and requirements. Clearly outline your objectives for the transition, such as improved performance, enhanced security, reduced IT maintenance costs, and minimized environmental impact. This will guide your decision-making process and ensure that the chosen cloud-hosted ERP solution aligns with your business needs and sustainability goals.

STEP THREE: Engage stakeholders. Involve key stakeholders from various departments, including finance, operations, IT, and sustainability, in the planning process. Their insights and buy-in will be crucial for a smooth transition and successful adoption of the new system while prioritizing environmental considerations.

STEP FOUR: Develop a comprehensive migration plan. Create a detailed plan that outlines the steps involved in the transition, including data migration, system integration, and user training. This plan should also include a timeline, resource allocation, and contingency measures to address potential challenges. Incorporate strategies to minimize data transfer and energy consumption during the migration process.

Sustainable ERP Migration: Vendor Selection and Deployment

If you’re hoping for a smooth migration, you should invent substantial time into researching and comparing cloud vendors. Not all cloud are created equal. Thoroughly investigate potential cloud-hosted ERP providers, considering factors such as industry experience, product features, scalability, customer support, and environmental sustainability practices. Look for vendors that use renewable energy sources, energy-efficient data centers, and responsible e-waste disposal methods. Request demos and references to make an informed decision.

Prioritize data security and compliance. Ensure that the selected vendor adheres to robust data security standards and complies with relevant industry regulations, such as GDPR or HIPAA. Inquire about their data encryption, backup, and disaster recovery practices. Consider the environmental impact of their data storage and processing practices.

Plan for successful data migration. Work closely with your chosen vendor to develop a data migration strategy that minimizes disruption to your operations and reduces data transfer energy consumption. This may involve data cleansing, formatting, and validation to ensure a seamless transfer from your on-premise system to the cloud-hosted ERP. Identify and eliminate redundant, obsolete, and trivial (ROT) data to minimize the amount of data migrated, thereby reducing energy usage.

Consider a phased implementation approach, starting with critical modules or departments and gradually expanding to other areas of your business. This incremental approach allows for better risk management, provides opportunities to refine processes along the way, and enables you to monitor and optimize energy consumption and environmental impact at each stage.

Change Management and Continuous Improvement After a Sustainable ERP Migration

PRIORITY ONE: Communication After Cloud ERP Migration

Keep your employees informed throughout the transition process, highlighting the benefits of the new cloud-hosted ERP system, including its positive environmental impact. Address any concerns they may have and emphasize the importance of sustainable practices. Clear and consistent communication will help foster a positive attitude towards the change and encourage eco-friendly behaviors.

PRIORITY TWO: Training in Cloud ERP

Invest in thorough training programs to ensure that your employees are comfortable and proficient with the new system. Include modules on sustainable data management practices, such as proper data categorization, retention policies, and responsible data sharing. Offer a mix of in-person, online, and self-paced learning options to cater to different learning styles and schedules while minimizing travel-related carbon emissions.


Establish key performance indicators (KPIs) to track the success of your cloud-hosted ERP implementation, including metrics related to energy consumption, carbon footprint, and e-waste reduction. Regularly monitor these metrics to identify areas for improvement and ensure that the system is delivering the desired benefits while minimizing environmental impact.

PRIORITY FOUR: Sustainable ERP Migration Feedback

Foster a sustainable culture of continuous improvement for your users. Encourage your employees to provide feedback and suggestions for optimizing the use of the cloud-hosted ERP system and promoting sustainable practices. Continuously assess and refine your processes to maximize the value of your investment, drive ongoing operational excellence, and reduce your organization’s environmental footprint.

Are you ready to save your users and save the planet with a seamless on-premise or cloud-to-cloud ERP migration? 

The transition from on-premise to EstesGroup’s cloud-hosted ERP solution presents an opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to not only transform their operations but also contribute to a more sustainable future. By incorporating environmental considerations into the planning, vendor selection, implementation, and continuous improvement processes, businesses can minimize their carbon footprint while reaping the benefits of a cloud-hosted ERP system. With the right approach and a commitment to sustainability, manufacturers and distributors can navigate this shift successfully, driving efficiency, agility, and growth in an increasingly competitive and environmentally conscious landscape.

How to Increase Cybersecurity with MDR and SOC

How to Increase Cybersecurity with MDR and SOC

The Power of MDR and SOC: Enhancing Cybersecurity for Businesses

In today’s digital landscape, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face a constant barrage of evolving cybersecurity threats. As cyberattacks become more sophisticated and frequent, relying solely on traditional security measures such as antivirus software, firewalls, email filtering, and basic employee training may not be sufficient to fully protect your valuable data and resources. 

This is where the synergy of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and Security Operations Center (SOC) comes into play, providing enterprise-grade security tailored for your business. Are you a manufacturer trying to adhere to rigorous compliance regulations? Are you a distributor struggling to keep up with ERP system upgrades, supply chain demands, and evolving security threats? EstesGroup maintains SOC 2 certification so that our clients enjoy peace of mind at every level.

MDR SOC Cybersecurity

Managed Detection and Response (MDR): Proactive Protection for Your Business

MDR is a proactive security approach that goes beyond traditional reactive measures. By leveraging advanced technologies and expert analysis, MDR provides real-time monitoring, rapid threat detection and response, instant incident alerts, and valuable insights to safeguard your data and resources. With MDR, you can rest assured that potential threats are identified and addressed promptly, minimizing the risk of a successful cyberattack.

Key Benefits of MDR

Are you looking for advanced protection? MDR employs cutting-edge technologies, such as machine learning and behavioral analytics, to detect and respond to even the most sophisticated threats. Do you need real-time monitoring? Continuous monitoring of your systems ensures that any suspicious activity is identified and addressed immediately. Are you looking for rapid response strategies? In the event of a security incident, MDR enables swift action to contain and mitigate the threat, minimizing potential damage.

Security Operations Center (SOC): 24/7 Vigilance and Expertise

Complementing MDR, a Security Operations Center (SOC) acts as a central hub for cybersecurity management. Staffed by a team of expert security analysts, the SOC provides round-the-clock monitoring, analysis, investigation, and response to potential threats.

SOC Benefits

With a secure operations center on your side, you benefit from centralized care for your entire system: 

  • 24/7 Monitoring: A dedicated team keeps a vigilant eye on your systems, ensuring that any suspicious activity is promptly identified and addressed.
  • Expert Analysis: A skilled security analysts leverage their expertise to investigate and assess potential threats, providing valuable insights and recommendations.
  • Rapid Incident Response: In the event of a security incident, your SOC team springs into action, working diligently to minimize damage and downtime, allowing you to maintain productivity.

Your Security Decisions, Your MDR and SOC

By combining MDR and SOC, you gain a comprehensive understanding of your security landscape. The insights gathered from real-time monitoring, threat analysis, and incident response empower you to make informed decisions about your cybersecurity strategy. With this knowledge, you can proactively strengthen your defenses, identify areas for improvement, and allocate resources effectively to protect your business against evolving threats.

Managed Detection and Response and a Secure Operations Center with Legacy Built on Trust

In the face of ever-evolving cyberthreats, taking proactive measures to secure your business is crucial. By embracing the power of MDR and SOC in a partnership with EstesGroup, you can enhance your cybersecurity posture and protect your business against potential attacks. Don’t wait until it’s too late – contact us today to get started on your journey towards a more secure future. We have a long-standing commitment to delivering exceptional cybersecurity solutions. With our MDR and SOC services, you can have confidence in the security of your valuable data and resources. Ask for a free demo of ECHO, EstesCloud Hosting, to learn more about managed private cloud environments for businesses. EstesGroup provides cloud solutions for companies of all sizes, across all industries, with specialized teams built for enterprise resource planning (ERP) system needs. We are the leading independent ERP consultancy for Epicor Kinetic, Epicor Prophet 21, SYSPRO, Sage, DELMIAWorks, and more!


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EstesGroup Champions Data Privacy Week 2024

EstesGroup Champions Data Privacy Week 2024

EstesGroup proudly announces its commitment to Data Privacy Week 2024 as a Champion. This initiative underscores the importance of educating businesses on best practices for data collection that respect privacy and promoting transparency in data handling.

Data Privacy Week

Security Means Privacy

In addition to its commitment to Data Privacy Week, EstesGroup reinforces its dedication to data security through SOC 2 (Service Organization Control 2) certification. Achieving SOC 2 compliance is a testament to EstesGroup’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in information security, confidentiality, and privacy. This certification assures clients and partners that EstesGroup has implemented rigorous controls and procedures to safeguard their sensitive data. 

With SOC 2 compliance, EstesGroup not only prioritizes data privacy but also demonstrates a proactive approach to ensuring the security and integrity of the systems and services it provides to all business, including the most complex manufacturers and distributors. This certification further underscores EstesGroup’s unwavering commitment to delivering reliable and secure IT and cloud solutions to its clientele.

Data Privacy Day vs. Data Privacy Week

Data Privacy Week 2024, an extended effort stemming from Data Privacy Day, takes place from January 21 to 27, 2024. The primary objective of this week-long campaign is to raise awareness about online privacy for both individuals and organizations. It aims to empower citizens by highlighting their ability to manage their data while emphasizing the significance for organizations to responsibly steward personal information

In today’s digital age, data is the lifeblood of success. At EstesGroup, we are not just embracing Data Privacy Week, we are championing it because we recognize the critical role data plays in driving business growth. Our commitment goes beyond compliance – it’s about empowering businesses with the knowledge and tools to safeguard their most valuable asset: the people behind the data. By participating in Data Privacy Week 2024, we affirm our dedication to being stewards of your trust. Together, let’s navigate the digital landscape with confidence, ensuring that your data remains secure and your business poised for lasting success.

How to Take Control of Your Business Data

As part of our commitment to Data Privacy Week, EstesGroup encourages individuals to take control of their data. In an era where online activities generate extensive data trails, it is crucial to be mindful of the information shared. This includes personal data such as Social Security and driver’s license numbers, as well as health data collected by devices like smartwatches. While complete control over data processing may not be possible, individuals have the power to make informed decisions about sharing their data.

EstesGroup offers the following steps to empower individuals in managing their personal information:

  • Be Informed: Understand the types of data collected about you.
  • Review Privacy Settings: Regularly check and update privacy settings on websites and apps.
  • Limit Data Sharing: Be selective about sharing personal information and consider the necessity.
  • Protect Passwords: Use strong and unique passwords to enhance data security.

Data Privacy Week is a reminder that digital transformation is a necessary step toward maintaining privacy and security in a world where ransomware is becoming more prevalent. EstesGroup recognizes the value of personal data and encourages everyone to be discerning about data management. 

EstesGroup offers a comprehensive suite of managed IT services designed to equip businesses with the essential tools needed to thrive in today’s dynamic digital landscape. Our services encompass a wide range of critical areas, ensuring holistic support for optimal IT performance. 

From robust cybersecurity measures and data backup solutions to proactive network monitoring and efficient cloud services, EstesGroup tailors its managed IT services to meet the unique needs of manufacturers and distributors. Our expert team collaborates with clients to implement cutting-edge technologies, streamline operations, and enhance overall IT efficiency. 

By providing services such as IT infrastructure management, software updates, and responsive technical support, EstesGroup empowers businesses to focus on their core operations while maintaining a secure and resilient digital environment. 

With our comprehensive suite of managed IT services, EstesGroup stands as a trusted partner in navigating the complexities of the modern digital landscape and ensuring sustained success for our clients.

For more information about Data Privacy Week and how to get involved, please visit Data Privacy Week.

About EstesGroup

EstesGroup is a prominent ERP, IT, and cloud services firm, dedicated to providing comprehensive solutions for manufacturers and distributors. With a commitment to excellence, EstesGroup empowers businesses with innovative technologies to drive growth and success.

About Data Privacy Week

Data Privacy Week originated as Data Privacy Day in the United States and Canada in 2008, extending the celebration of Data Protection Day in Europe. Commemorating the signing of Convention 108 on January 28, 1981, the week is an annual effort led by the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) to promote privacy and data protection awareness.

About the National Cybersecurity Alliance

The National Cybersecurity Alliance is a non-profit organization on a mission to create a more secure and interconnected world. Advocating for the safe use of technology, the NCA educates individuals on protecting themselves, their families, and organizations from cybercrime. For more information, please visit National Cybersecurity Alliance.

Connecting the Clouds: Website vs. ERP Hosting

Connecting the Clouds: Website vs. ERP Hosting

Manufacturers and distributors can benefit significantly from a Managed Services Provider (MSP) managing one website or kin websites as part of an integrated IT services, IT security, and enterprise cloud strategy. An external IT provider ensures that the world will view web-based company representation with optimal performance, scalability, and security, reduced downtime and enhanced user experience. Through robust IT security measures, a cloud provider like EstesGroup safeguards sensitive data, mitigating the risk of cyber threats. Additionally, integrating enterprise cloud solutions facilitates seamless data access, collaboration, and scalability, enabling manufacturers and distributors to focus on core business functions while staying agile and competitive in the digital landscape.

Website vs ERP Hosting

For businesses, websites serve as crucial repositories for sharing information, necessitating proper hosting and data management to connect with customers, ensure security, and facilitate growth. When exploring website hosting services and ERP hosting solutions, businesses encounter various cloud options, with managed hosting and shared hosting being the primary types. Understanding the distinctions in the website vs. ERP hosting conversation empowers businesses to make informed decisions aligning with their unique identities.

Is your website hosting forgotten data?

While your IT team is focusing on critical tasks, your website might go unnoticed, opening the path to vulnerability and chaos. In the realm of website hosting, discerning between managed hosting and shared hosting is essential. Managed hosting is ideal for businesses seeking comprehensive control and responsibility, with the service provider acting as a dedicated IT department overseeing all aspects of the website. Conversely, shared hosting accommodates businesses needing performance and security but may lack the size or budget for full-service management. Multiple businesses share resources like RAM and CPU under a shared server, potentially impacting performance during traffic surges. Managed hosting suits larger enterprises prioritizing ultimate performance and security, while shared hosting remains viable for budget-conscious smaller businesses.

Managed Hosting vs. Shared Hosting vs. Managed ERP Hosting

Businesses should consider several key differences between managed and shared hosting for websites and ERP hosting for enterprise resource planning applications. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you unravel your web of business data.

  • Resources: Managed hosting provides dedicated server resources, ensuring optimal performance, while shared hosting involves resource-sharing, potentially leading to performance issues during high traffic.
  • Customization: Managed hosting offers customized solutions, tailored to specific business needs, whereas shared hosting tends to be more one-size-fits-all.
  • Security: Managed hosting prioritizes security, protecting individual businesses, whereas shared hosting may compromise security if one business on the shared server experiences a breach.
  • Optimal Performance: Managed hosting eliminates performance issues associated with shared resources, providing consistent and optimized performance.
  • Updates: Managed hosting ensures prompt updates and security patches, while shared hosting may require businesses to schedule updates themselves.
  • Email: Both hosting types offer email services, with managed hosting providing premium plans for enhanced features.
  • Cost: Shared hosting is more affordable, making it suitable for smaller businesses with budget constraints, while managed hosting, though more expensive, offers superior performance and security.

How ERP Hosting Gets Tangled in Your Website Web

The discussion on website hosting parallels ERP hosting, where businesses can opt for a managed service provider to host their ERP software in a remote, cloud-based data center. This centralized approach provides cost-effective, secure, and scalable solutions, enabling businesses to focus on operations rather than maintaining on-premise infrastructure.

Businesses must comprehend the disparities between the many available cloud options to make informed choices for their website and ERP hosting needs. While managed hosting excels in performance, security, and support, startups or small businesses with budget constraints may consider shared hosting initially. Managed hosting proves invaluable for businesses seeking to eliminate on-premise responsibilities, allowing them to concentrate on optimization and growth.

Complex Cloud Hosting Environments

Experience seamless business operations with our fully managed ERP hosting, ensuring optimal performance, security, and scalability as we take charge of your ERP software in a secure, remote, and cloud-based environment. Ready to tackle website vs. ERP hosting? Elevate your online presence with our fully managed website hosting, where a dedicated IT team handles every aspect, providing tailored solutions for peak performance, robust security, and unmatched support. Trust EstesGroup to streamline your technology infrastructure, allowing you to focus on growth and innovation without the burden of managing complex hosting environments.

Global Cybersecurity Strengthens Digital Defense

Global Cybersecurity Strengthens Digital Defense

EstesGroup Announces Commitment to Growing Global Cybersecurity Success during Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023

Now in its 20th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2023 is highlighting the growing importance of cybersecurity in our daily lives and encouraging individuals and businesses to take important cybersecurity steps to stay safe online.

Global Cybersecurity Champion 2023

EstesGroup is committed to cybersecurity education and training.

What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

By participating in the 20th Cybersecurity Awareness Month, our IT consultants are helping increase awareness surrounding the need for increased national and global cybersecurity. Disaster recovery and backup solutions are no longer enough for businesses, especially for manufacturers and distributors. Founded in 2004, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, held each October, is the world’s foremost initiative aimed at promoting cybersecurity awareness and best practices. Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations, tribal communities, and individuals committed to educating others on online safety.

From mobile to connected home devices, technology is deeply intertwined with our lives. And while the evolution of technology accelerates, cybercriminals are working just as hard to find ways to compromise technology and disrupt personal and business life. For 20 Octobers and counting, Cybersecurity Awareness Month aims to highlight some of the emerging challenges that exist in the world of cybersecurity today and provide straightforward actionable guidance that anyone can follow to create a safe and secure digital world for themselves and their loved ones.

Starting this year, the new theme of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Secure Our World, with the main messaging revolving around four key cybersecurity best practices:

  • Understanding the benefits of using a password manager and dispelling existing myths around password manager security and ease of use
  • Turning on multi-factor authentication on personal devices and business networks
  • Recognizing and reporting phishing – still one of the primary threat actions used by cybercriminals today
  • Installing updates on a regular basis and turning on automated updates

Global Cybersecurity Partnerships

Cybersecurity Awareness Month continues to build momentum and impact with the goal of providing everyone with the information they need to stay safer and more secure online. EstesGroup is proud to support this far-reaching online safety awareness and education initiative which is co-managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Cybersecurity Alliance.

About EstesGroup

EstesGroup offers cutting-edge technology, global cybersecurity solutions, and private and hybrid cloud services and solutions tailored to empower businesses in today’s digital landscape. Our comprehensive suite of services encompasses cloud infrastructure, software solutions, and managed services designed to streamline operations, enhance agility, and maximize efficiency. Whether you’re seeking to migrate to the cloud, optimize existing systems, or harness the potential of emerging technologies, EstesGroup’s expertise and innovative solutions ensure a seamless transition and sustained growth. With a steadfast commitment to data security and compliance, our technology solutions provide peace of mind, safeguarding your valuable assets and helping you navigate the complexities of ever-evolving regulatory environments. Partner with EstesGroup to unlock the full potential of technology, accelerate business growth, and stay ahead in an increasingly competitive global market.

About Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Cybersecurity Awareness Month is designed to engage and educate public- and private-sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cybersecurity to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since the Presidential proclamation establishing Cybersecurity Awareness Month in 2004, the initiative has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state, and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer and more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come.