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(Company) develops transactional data technology that aggregates information for payment service providers and merchants.

or

(Company) develops a transactional data technology that aggregates information for payment service providers and merchants.

Which is correct?

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    Either one is fine; it depends on what you are trying to say. A third option would be Tranzlogic develops a transactional data technologies that aggregate information for payment service providers and merchants. You also might be interested in checking out English Language Learners. – J.R. Jan 6 '14 at 2:50
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    @JR Either one is not fine. They do not mean the same. – Kris Jan 6 '14 at 5:57
  • @Kris - I didn't say they meant the same thing. I said it depends on what one is trying to say (something you elaborate on in your answer). I only meant that both were grammatical (something you elaborate on in your answer). My comment was brief – but then again, there's no question here. I don't even know what the O.P. is asking – is this a which is grammatical question? A should there be an article question? A what's the difference in meaning question? It's hard to say for sure; this is just two sentences conjoined with an "OR". – J.R. Jan 6 '14 at 9:34
  • Thank you for your prior comments. And to make my question clear, i want to know whether the article "a" is absolutely necessary to give the full meaning of the sentence. Or are both the sentences conveying the same meaning? – nipunip Jan 6 '14 at 10:03
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    @Edwin - Hmm... That was awhile ago; I don't know what I was trying to say there. That may have been a "pre-coffee comment." – J.R. Mar 16 '15 at 7:06
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If there's no other known/ implemented method of processing transactional data and the company deems it has built the "technology" to achieve that, then the expression does not require an indefinite article:

… develops transactional data technology …

On the other hand, if there are several (competing) approaches to the problem of processing transactional data and the company has implemented its own (i.e., non-unique) method, then you need the indefinite article:

… develops a transactional data technology …

HTH.

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  • Did you mean "its own (i.e., unique) method"? – MrHen Jan 21 '14 at 17:24
  • @MrHen No, I meant its own (i.e., one of the non-unique) methods. -- non-unique was a crucial factor, in the sentence. – Kris Jan 22 '14 at 5:44
  • Then I don't understand how your answer could be correct. Wouldn't the company need a unique method in order to get the article? "We develop a transactional data technology; it is unique." – MrHen Jan 22 '14 at 14:19
  • @MrHen That should be easy. You may have to recheck how you look at 'unique,' that's where the difference in perspective lies I believe. – Kris Jan 22 '14 at 14:57
  • I think I see what you meant now. The use of "non-unique" after "own" confused me. It is kind of interesting that you could write "develops a non-unique technology" and "develops a unique technology" and mean roughly the same thing. – MrHen Jan 22 '14 at 15:32
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I have a BSC (Hons) in information systems and I can understand how hard it is to phrase or define certain systems, as technology is evolving at such a rapid pace. Aggregates in the context of this sentence suggests the plural and that there are many information systems involved. If there is more than one the plural form of technologies should be used.

Please allow me to say that the correct term for these systems would appear to be Transactional Processing Systems.

To rephrase your sentence:

(Company) develops transactional processing systems that aggregate payment information for service providers and merchants.

Computer Applications or Specialised software may also be used instead of technology / transactional processing systems if the intended audience is not from a technical background.

In your sentence, the correct option would be the second sentence as technology is singular. See here

To use the sentence without an 'a' in it just change technology to technologies so that it reads:

(Company) develops transactional data technologies that aggregate information for payment service providers and merchants.

Does this help?

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