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Provisioning is the enterprise-wide configuration, deployment and management of multiple types of IT system resources. An organization's IT or HR department oversees the provisioning process, which is applied to monitor user and customer access rights and privacy while ensuring enterprise resource security.
Provisioning is the fourth step in the Operations, Administration, Maintenance and Provisioning (OAMP) management framework.
Provisioning provides equipment, software or services to customers, users, employees or IT personnel and has contexts in computing, computer networking and telecommunications. In a computing context, provisioning is divided into the following subsets:
Provisioning methods include set-up manual distribution, reliable but high cost on-site technicians, server-side remote setup (reliable but used for modem configuration only) and CD installation, also known as client-side self-service installation.