Some inane quotes from Network Management textbooks:
- D. Comer: Automated Network Management Systems: Current and Future Capabilities, Pearson, 2007
Before software can be built, the exact format of messages must be defined, the rules for exchanging messages must be specified, and meaning must be assigned to each item in the messages. In short:
Before element management software can be built, all details of a protocol must be specified, including the exact syntax and semantics of messages that can be exchanged.
- M. Subramanian: Network Management: Principles and Practice, Addison Wesley, 2000
The manager manages the managed element.