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To deploy (from the French deployer) is "to spread out or arrange strategically." Long used in the context of military strategy, it has now gained currency in information technology. In its IT context, deployment encompasses all the processes involved in getting new software or hardware up and running properly in its environment, including installation, configuration, running, testing, and making necessary changes. The word implementation is sometimes used to mean the same thing.

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