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Turn Key Operation

Posted by Bruce Kahl on April 03, 2000

In Reply to: Need to Know basis!!! posted by Chris Plaskett on April 03, 2000

: meaning of "turn key operation"

A term which describes a system (hardware and software) which can be used for a specific application without requiring further programming or software installation. The user can just "turn the key" (switch it on) and use it.
The term is also used in the world of franchise sales to describe a business that is 100% ready to go. All the new owner has to do is show up, "turn the key" in the front door and the customers come flooding in.