The first and perhaps most obvious set of challenges is of a technical nature. It deals mostly with how to build applications that help with the management of networks and how they communicate with the devices in the networks they help manage. Many of these challenges are familiar to people who have experience in building complex software systems, and many of the same general software-engineering techniques can be applied to help address these challenges. A discussion of general software-engineering techniques is not specific to network management and, therefore, is beyond the scope of this book. However, other aspects are specific to the management domain. Let's take a look at a few of them! Don't worry—by the end of the book, you will have a good sense of how to confront most of these challenges. Later in the book, we dedicate entire chapters to some of those challenges, such as the topic of integration.
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