AskDefine | Define implementation

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order; "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy" [syn: execution, carrying out]
2 the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect [syn: effectuation]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The process of moving an idea from concept to reality. In business, engineering and other fields, implementation refers to the building process rather than the design process.
    Now that the requirements are complete we can move on to implementation.
  2. A result of implementing something; a finished product, system or device.
    His implementation works, but it needs some fine-tuning.


process of moving an idea from concept to reality
result of implementing something
  • Hebrew: מימוש
  • Japanese: 実装 (jissō)
  • Swedish: implementation

Extensive Definition

Implementation is the realization of an application, or execution of a plan, idea, model, design, specification, standard, algorithm, or policy.
In computer science, an implementation is a realization of a technical specification or algorithm as a program, software component, or other computer system. Many implementations may exist for a given specification or standard. For example, web browsers contain implementations of World Wide Web Consortium-recommended specifications, and software development tools contain implementations of programming languages.
In the IT Industry, implementation refers to post-sales process of guiding a client from purchase to use of the software or hardware that was purchased. This includes Requirements Analysis, Scope Analysis, Customizations, Systems Integrations, User Policies, User Training and Delivery. These steps are often overseen by a Project Manager using Project Management Methodologies set forth in the Project Management Body of Knowledge. Software Implementations involve several professionals that are relatively new to the knowledge based economy such as Business Analysts, Technical Analysts, Solutions Architects, and Project Managers.
In political science, implementation refers to the carrying out of public policy. Legislatures pass laws that are then carried out by public servants working in bureaucratic agencies. This process consists of rule-making, rule-administration and rule-adjudication. Factors impacting implementation include the legislative intent, the administrative capacity of the implementing bureaucracy, interest group activity and opposition, and presidential or executive support.

Types of implementation

Related words in computer science: algorithm, application, code, computation, function, method, process, proceeding, procedure, scheme, solution, system, and technique. wow dude
implementation in Catalan: Implementació (informàtica)
implementation in Czech: Implementace
implementation in German: Implementierung
implementation in French: Mise en œuvre
implementation in Italian: Implementazione
implementation in Dutch: Implementatie
implementation in Japanese: 実装
implementation in Polish: Implementacja (informatyka)
implementation in Portuguese: Implementação de software
implementation in Russian: Имплементация
implementation in Swedish: Implementation

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