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H.J. Heinz Company Expands Partnership with MKS for Process Automation and Workflow Management of Global Service and Work Requests

Waterloo, ON — August 29, 2005: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced that H.J. Heinz Company, the most global U.S.-based food company, with a world-class portfolio of powerful brands holding number-one and number-two market positions in more than 50 countries, will expand its use of the MKS Integrity Suite™ to facilitate service and work request processes across the global Heinz organization.

Waterloo, ON — August 29, 2005: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced that H.J. Heinz Company, the most global U.S.-based food company, with a world-class portfolio of powerful brands holding number-one and number-two market positions in more than 50 countries, will expand its use of the MKS Integrity Suite™ to facilitate service and work request processes across the global Heinz organization.

For years, Heinz has been successfully leveraging MKS’s software configuration management technology across its iSeries and client server application environments at its World Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Heinz chose to expand its partnership with MKS by adding additional process, workflow and project dashboard capabilities within the MKS Integrity Suite. The expanded MKS functionality will allow Heinz to meet its strategic business objective to drive greater efficiency across its enterprise by securely automating IS change processes, improving visibility across locations and lines of business, and enhancing the planning and prioritization process via the Suite’s real-time management dashboard.

“Historically, IS change processes have been managed by individual business units across the globe,” says Shirley Weinstein, Global IS Director for Heinz. “Making the MKS technology more widely available in our environment will improve global visibility and improve operational efficiencies through tighter integration of lines of business, development and IT operations and reduce costs on a global scale. Heinz anticipates a reduction in redundant and inefficient processes within the next three to six months as we globally implement standard processes and leverage a common tool. The additional enhanced cross-team communication and collaboration MKS affords is also expected to improve overall IS governance throughout our international environment.”

MKS will provide the Heinz IS team with centralized project management controls and real-time collaboration across a world-wide organization. Use of the MKS Integrity Suite will bring the following business benefits to H.J. Heinz:

  • Enhanced control, visibility, and audit-ability across its information technology organization, aiding the company in its business goal to establish a foundation for secure organizational IT change management, IS governance and compliance.
  • Improved metrics and quality trend reporting via the real-time management dashboard;
  • Enhanced cross-team communication and real-time collaboration improving software application quality, accuracy, reproducibility, and consistency.

About H.J. Heinz Company
H.J. Heinz Company, offering “Good Food, Every Day™,” is one of the world’s leading marketers and producers of branded foods in ketchup, condiments, sauces, meals, soups, seafood, snacks, and infant foods. Heinz satisfies hungry consumers in every outlet, from supermarkets to restaurants to convenience stores and kiosks. Heinz is a global family of leading brands, including Heinz® Ketchup, sauces, soups, beans, pasta and infant foods (representing nearly one-third of total sales or close to $3 billion), HP® and Lea & Perrins® sauces, Ore-Ida® french fries and roasted potatoes, Boston Market® and SmartOnes® meals, and Plasmon® baby food. Heinz’s 50 companies have number-one or number-two brands in 200 countries, showcased by Heinz® Ketchup, The World’s Favorite Ketchup™, Information on Heinz is available at www.heinz.com/news.

About MKS
MKS is the preeminent provider of enterprise technology management solutions for the global 1000. MKS’s solution spans the application lifecycle from requirements management, through application development, to server deployment providing customers with greater visibility over software development activities, enhanced development productivity and improved IT controls for regulatory compliance. MKS solutions are distinguished by their ease of implementation and low total cost of ownership. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS’s enterprise solutions strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS’s technology to better 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).

Copyright © 2005 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity Suite and MKS Toolkit are trademarks or registered trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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