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provision

the conferring of and induction into ecclesiastical offices

provision

To set up a telecommunications line or network for a customer. The term comes from the telephone industry, in which the telco was responsible for configuring their computers to switch customer lines into the appropriate networks. The term migrated to networking in general and refers to setting up user accounts, servers or other network-related equipment.

Do It Yourself
"User provisioning" or "automated provisioning" allows customers to set up their own services and make changes from a Web browser or other client interface without having to contact the telecom or network provider and wait hours, days or weeks for the final results (see cloud computing).

A Very Old Term
The term is centuries old. Before ships would sail from Europe to the New World, they had to be "provisioned" with food, rope, weapons and instruments. See also user management and provisioning.
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One side of this that Kinder ignores is Detroit Police Chief James Craig's high-profile cheerleading for armed citizens self-provisioning for self-defense and deterrence.
Scholars including Julie Guthman (2004) and Melanie DuPuis and David Goodman (2005) ask whether the popular embrace of apparent alternatives to dominant industrial practices, such as certain forms of locavorism, organic agriculture, or urban self-provisioning schemes, might further entrench capitalist logics.
(3) Smallholder farmers face difficulties accessing markets and rely substantially on self-provisioning. It is thus of enormous importance for both global food security and poverty reduction to enhance the performance and sustainability of smallholder agriculture.
If users are disappointed when they find out the environment doesn't have self-provisioning, or an elastic resources pool, they can get discouraged.
(3) Rural families, so the storyline goes, can provide for themselves through self-provisioning and the informal economy.
WORLDWIDE COMPUTER PRODUCTS NEWS-October 4, 2010-New self-provisioning feature available from Echoworx for its encrypted mail gateway product(C)1995-2010 M2 COMMUNICATIONS http://www.m2.com
You want quick analysis, self-provisioning of technology and quick evaluation.
Re-ruralization envisions city dwellers becoming more self-provisioning as supply regions contract, with vast swaths of suburbia being converted to food production.
Some of these self-provisioning capabilities might include retrieving reports online and requesting a change of address.
Other times, customers say they don't need any reporting, self-provisioning tools, or other ecosystem pieces.
Self-provisioning is at the core of the design of the platform which means that brands have the option to develop and maintain services themselves, and new applications can be rolled out in just minutes.