Data processing is defined as the converting of information into something that is understood by a computer.
An example of data processing is typing sales numbers into an inventory control software program.
The rapid recording and handling of large amounts of information, as business data, by means of mechanical or, esp., computer equipment.
(1) The first name given to the information technology (IT) industry. From the early 1900s to the 1960s, it meant feeding punch cards into tabulating machines. Thereafter, data processing referred to computer processing, and eventually IT became the industry term. See punch card.