Chapter 1. Understanding the Need for Accounting and Performance Management
This chapter defines the foundation for this book and answers the following general questions:
What is accounting management?
What is performance management?
What is the relationship between accounting and performance management?
Why do networks require accounting and performance management?
Why is accounting almost a stealth area within network management?
Which problems do accounting and performance management solutions solve?
How can the business use this information for network planning, redesign, and billing?
What aspects make up accounting and performance monitoring (data collection, data analysis, reporting, billing, and so on)?
By the end of this chapter, you will be able ...