The term provisioning for a device means to evolve a device to a state in which it can be handed off to an end-user, or end-user team, for their specific use in a functional manner.
In general, provisioning means providing or making something available. The term is used in a variety of contexts in IT. For example, in grid computing, to provision is to activate a grid component, such as a server, array, or switch, so that it is available for use. In a storage area network (SAN), storage provisioning is the process of assigning storage to optimize performance. In telecommunications terminology, provisioning means providing a product or service, such as wiring or bandwidth.