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Independent Research Firm names Integrity a Leader in Agile Development Management Tools

Waterloo, ON – May 13, 2010: MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX), the global Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technology leader, today announced that Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned MKS as a Leader in the “The Forrester Wave(tm): Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010,” Forrester Research, Inc., May, 2010. According to the report, “IBM and MKS led the pack with the best overall current feature sets.” MKS earned the highest scores in the subcategories of ‘Process Configuration’, ‘Security’ and ‘Running a Project’.

Waterloo, ON – May 13, 2010: MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX), the global Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technology leader, today announced that Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned MKS as a Leader in the “The Forrester Wave(tm): Agile Development Management Tools, Q2 2010,” Forrester Research, Inc., May, 2010

According to the report, “IBM and MKS led the pack with the best overall current feature sets.” MKS earned the highest scores in the subcategories of ‘Process Configuration’, ‘Security’ and ‘Running a Project’.

This evaluation of MKS vision, technology and market leadership was determined by a detailed analysis conducted by Forrester Research, Inc. In a report that evaluated vendors of both traditional ALM solutions as well as Agile project management solutions, all vendors were rated against 152 criteria in the areas of current offering and strategy. The report methodology also included customer reference calls and detailed technical demonstrations.

"MKS provides a robust development management solution [offering] extensive task and workflow management coupled with good life-cycle integration,” notes the report. “MKS does offer an Agile, Scrum-like template out of the box, which, coupled with the very flexible and extendable workflow model, would provide strong support for organizations that follow a ‘Scrum, but . . .’ or hybrid Agile approach.” The report also stated that MKS Integrity “excel[s] in the area of reporting and analytics, an increasingly important focus for organizations that assign a high value to their ability to deliver software."

“We’re always pleased when industry analysts recognize our thought and technology leadership,” said John Cull, VP of Customer Solutions at MKS. “In this report, the superb rankings we earned for ‘Process Configuration’ and ‘Running a Project’ really just underscores the massive value that we consistently and continually deliver to our customers. Our strategic approach of delivering a coherent platform for ALM that addresses the end-to-end development lifecycle is what allowed us to excel in this report just as our customers excel as they rely on MKS Integrity to solve their most complex and critical software development challenges – in the Agile world, more traditional environments, and everywhere in between.”

The report is available for download on our website. Click here to download the report (registration required).

About MKS
MKS Inc., the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, enables software engineering and IT organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software development activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software development activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our web site at http://www.mks.com

About MKS Integrity
MKS Integrity unites the stakeholders of software development through a single source of truth for all processes, activities and assets, to manage complexity and solve the most challenging business problems. MKS Integrity provides a complete range of software product development competence, delivered in a platform that offers coherence across the application lifecycle while rapidly adapting to meet unique enterprise needs.

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