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Definition: solutions provider

An umbrella term for an organization that offers any combination of computer hardware, software and consulting. In the past, a solutions provider often built custom hardware and developed custom applications for its customers. Today, a solutions provider may use only packaged products. The word "solutions" has become a buzzword in the IT world, implying that rather than just reselling products, the company solves the customer's problems through its expertise. See solutions, solutions architect and VAR.