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Fast Track Process Improvement with MKS

Waterloo, ON – July 9, 2007: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) will shine the spotlight on the topic of process improvement in an upcoming summertime webinar series, featuring noted process experts from across the industry. The event features a line-up of MKS process consulting partners including: Change Manage IT, Novus Solutions Group, David Consulting Group (DCG), and ProcessExchange who will share their best practices for improving process efficiency and effectiveness.

Process Experts Share Their Secrets in MKS' Summertime Webinar Series

Waterloo, ON – July 9, 2007: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) will shine the spotlight on the topic of process improvement in an upcoming summertime webinar series, featuring noted process experts from across the industry. The event features a line up of MKS process consulting partners including: Change Manage IT, Novus Solutions Group, David Consulting Group (DCG), and ProcessExchange who will share their best practices for improving process efficiency and effectiveness.

July 10th 2007 at 10 AM EDT - "Its All About Process: Bridging the Process Gap Between CMMI and IITL"
This session features leading change, configuration, and release management expert Gary Guttridge, a Principal with Change Manage IT Inc, who will discuss the two most common process methodologies - CMMI for software engineering and ITIL for best practices in service delivery and how a holistic approach to IT process can:

  • Bridge the gap between application development and IT operations groups;
  • Allow previously siloed teams to come together with common objectives, goals, and technology (such as MKS Integrity);
  • Help IT organizations construct a continuous process that takes you from requirements phase through to system delivery and maintenance.

To join this event, simply register at:
http://www.mks.com/web/cmmianditil/garyguttridge/july07/pr

July 18th 2007 at 11 AM EDT - "Process Improvement -- Control, Improve, Innovate - A Practical Roadmap to Leveraging Business Process Management in Your Organization"
So, you are approaching a 'Business Process Management' (BPM) initiative and don't know where to begin. Perhaps you have already made a substantial investment, have implemented a contemporary BPM platform, and feel your organization is still out of control or feel out of touch?

No matter where you are in your application of Business Process Management - pilot, beginner, intermediate, or advanced, join Novus Solutions Group for a practical look into how to get the most from your efforts. Avoid common pitfalls, maximize your results, and get what you expected from BPM. See how you can move your business from where you are to where you want to be. Novus' Principals bring 20+ years of Information Technology experience and have been trusted advisors for numerous IT organizations varying from Fortune 500 organizations to pre-IPOs and start-ups. Today, Novus helps organizations appreciate real results through implementing the right processes and utilizing the right process technologies.

To join this event, simply register at: http://www.mks.com/go/MKSProcessImproveJul18PR

July 19th 2007 at 11 AM EDT - "Fast Tracking Your CMMI Adoption"
In this presentation, CMMI expert Michael Harris, President of David Consulting Group (DCG), will share with you his firm's approach to accelerated CMMI adoption, including the firm's "Fast-Track" CMMI action planning approach. Joining Michael to illustrate how application lifecycle management can support accelerated CMMI adoption, will be MKS ALM consultant, James Winder.

They'll discuss how CMMI can lead to impressive improvements in product quality, project performance and organizational performance. But for most organizations, CMMI adoption carries with it an additional workload burden that when resources are slim, is difficult to bear.

  • Is there a way to accelerate your CMMI adoption program?
  • Can you fast track your way through levels of maturity?
  • Are there adoption methods that are more automated, more efficient and less resource intensive?

Join by registering at: http://www.mks.com/go/Jul19DCGFstTrckCMMIAdoption

July 25th 2007 at 1 PM EDT - "Developing IT Systems for Business Agility" This session features Jeff Cohen, CEO of Process Exchange, and award-winning CIO and author, Michael Hugos. Jeff and Michael will guide you through their 30-day agility blitz, showing you how to:

  • Remove the obstacles to agile project success by changing your project management mindset.
  • Discover why small projects and incremental improvements can yield better, faster and cheaper results, and
  • Understand what incentives and tools you need to put in place to encourage your staff to work on small, agile projects instead of large risky long-term projects

Join by registering at: Join by registering at: http://www.mks.com/web/processexchange/july07/pr

About Our Process Experts:

"Its All About Process: Bridging the Process Gap Between CMMI and IITL"
Gary Guttridge, Principal with Change Manage IT Ltd., has 2+ decades IT experience in change management process and best practice, honed over a long career at HSBC plc. Today, Gary works with a global clientele of IT organizations specializing in helping them to address complex change management challenges for technologies, such as SOA and web technologies. Gary works closely with industry research firm Gartner and is a regular speaker at UK and international ITIL conferences.

"Process Improvement -- Control, Improve, Innovate -- a practical roadmap to leveraging Business Process Management in your organization"
Novus' Principals bring 20+ years of Information Technology experience and have been trusted advisors for numerous IT organizations varying from Fortune 500 organizations to pre-IPOs and start-ups. Today, Novus helps organizations appreciate real results from implementing the right processes and utilizing the right process technologies.

"Fast Tracking Your CMMI Adoption"
Michael Harris, President of David Consulting Group (DCG), brings nearly 25 years of broad management experience in the computing field, including periods in R&D, development, production, business, and academia. The past ten years have been spent in the financial services technology area with Fidelity National Information Services, Sanchez Computer Associates, and MasterCard International. For over a decade, David Consulting Group (DCG) has worked with clients from the Fortune 100 and 1000 providing them unparalleled expertise in software measurement, sizing, and process improvement, as well as IT performance improvement.

"Developing IT Systems for Business Agility"
Jeff Cohen, CEO, co-founded ProcessExchange with Mac Felsing in early 2003. Jeff established the company's infrastructure and led ProcessExchange in the areas of sales, corporate development, business planning, human resources, finance, and operations. He has been instrumental hiring the company's top talent and in positioning ProcessExchange with its numerous Fortune 500 and government clients. Jeff is responsible for the company's strategic direction and communication culture.

Michael Hugos, CIO at Large,, has been recognized and received four awards since 2003 from CIO Magazine, Information Week, and Computerworld. He is also an author and columnist in Computerworld and CIO Magazine. His books include: Building the Real-Time Enterprise and CIO Best Practices: Enabling Strategic Value with Information Technology.

About MKS
MKS is the premier provider of application lifecycle management solutions for the global 1000. MKS's flagship ALM solution, MKS Integrity, is the most highly integrated ALM platform in the industry today, spanning all aspects of the software development lifecycle and supporting critical business transformations including SOA, application rationalization and outsourcing. MKS Integrity's single architecture drives high levels of user productivity, facilitates rapid deployment and process standardization while delivering a complete view of application development activity through real time metrics, trends and reporting. MKS Integrity also provides essential support for IT operations through software deployment and issue management. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS's solution strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS's software to enable higher levels of process maturity, better manage global development activity and safeguard their most critical business applications and software assets. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS also provides UNIX-Windows co-existence and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market, while enabling enhanced performance. More information about MKS can be found at http://www.mks.com or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom) and 1-519-884-2251 (Rest of World).

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