Data processing is the conversion of raw data into a readable format that can be interpreted by computers.
Data Processing also commonly refers to a specific department within small businesses and large corporations alike. This department is responsible for the operation of data processing applications.
Major stages of data processing include data collection, data preparation, data input, actual processing, data output/interpretation, and data storage, especially through cloud technology.
With major advantages such as increased security and the diminished need to invest in facilities, utilities, and large IT teams, cloud data storage wins more territory.