account management

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A sub-discipline of network management. It consists of monitoring the resource usage (files, processor time, access time) of a network, ascribing the usage to users or groups of users and, in a commercial environment, billing these users for the resources they have employed. The level of sophistication of account management depends on the organization that is managing the network. A large commercial organization with many divisions and departments which have separate budgets requires a large amount of account management, while an Internet service provider that charges a flat rate for access has a low level of account management.

Subjects: Computing.

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