To manage a service network, managers have to control the network, the application, and the receiving devices - and that's not easy assignment. Here is a hands-on manual detailing how to design and deploy effective service management systems. This book covers everything service managers need to know: designing, systems, purchasing program software; automating applications; configuring edge devices; testing, monitoring; and measuring. It analyzes why our current network software and standards have so far been failures, and walks readers through the steps of building a complete SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) edge management system. It dissects and compares the many competing management protocols now in play.