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MKS Announces Advancements to Enterprise SCM Solution

Waterloo ON - May 27, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced two new releases within the MKS Integrity Solution® for enterprise software configuration management (SCM); MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition 8.4 and MKS Integrity Manager™ 4.5. Advancements were made in the areas of production, administration, reporting, collaboration, usability and performance.

New Build and Deployment Capabilities for Secure Production Control

Waterloo ON - May 27, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced two new releases within the MKS Integrity Solution® for enterprise software configuration management (SCM); MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition 8.4 and MKS Integrity Manager™ 4.5. Advancements were made in the areas of production, administration, reporting, collaboration, usability and performance.

MKS is dedicated to rapidly enhancing its SCM enterprise-level architecture and features. Capabilities included in this upgrade are:

  • New Production Deployment Process Solution
    Build and Deployment Module - The MKS Build and Deployment Module adds a consistent and repeatable approach to deploying software changes into production. Controlled via MKS Integrity Manager, the software deployment process can be secured to prevent unauthorized changes from being introduced into production, while providing rollback and audit capabilities to minimize risk of failures.
  • Improved Administration and Reporting
    Unified Administration and Automated Service Pack Distribution - The administration for both MKS Source Integrity Enterprise and MKS Integrity Manager has been unified under one intuitive interface with point and click navigation, improving productivity and lessening the administrative learning curve. Incremental updates may now be automatically distributed remotely to MKS Source Integrity Enterprise clients, reducing administration costs and errors and guaranteeing client consistency.

    Improved Reporting - A New Web-based Reports Wizard in MKS Integrity Manager allows users to more easily generate and share reports across the enterprise and adhere to common management processes. Administrators are able to create corporate standardized reports from templates that users may use to create additional reports.
  • Enhanced Enterprise Collaboration
    MKS Source Integrity Enterprise Change Packages- Popular MKS "change package" technology, once native only to MKS Integrity Manager, now facilitates change-centric code management within MKS Source Integrity Enterprise. With this new support, developers can more easily collaborate and share work simply by merging other developers' tasks into their sandboxes. This provides them with better decision support tools to determine impact of team changes into their individual task at hand.
  • Advanced Enterprise Security
    Improved Authentication Support - Maintain security by permitting non-company or temporary users outside of the corporate network, such as consultants and outsourced firms, controlled access to MKS Source Integrity Enterprise and/or MKS Integrity Manager. Increase collaboration and communication among development teams by accommodating different authentication realms within an organization. Further reduces administrative burden and costs of adding/removing temporary users from the corporate network and managing multiple domains.

For additional details on these releases please visit http://www.mks.com/products/sie/ and http://www.mks.com/products/iman/.

"MKS prides itself on having the most architecturally advanced and adaptive SCM solution on the market. Our ability to add enterprise capabilities in a short period of time allows our customers to advance their development processes rapidly while at a lower total cost of ownership," says David Martin, MKS Vice President Product Management.

"Initiatives aimed at controlling or reducing costs, achieving the agility of the real-time enterprise (RTE) and exploiting the efficiencies of enterprise architectures have driven increased recognition of the key role of change management processes," says Jim Duggan, Vice President and Research Area Director, Gartner Inc.

Please also see today's announcement on the release of Implementer 5.4, MKS's premier SCM and deployment solution for iSeries and AS/400 development organizations, at http://www.mks.com/press.

Availability
MKS Source Integrity Enterprise Edition 8.4, MKS Integrity Manager 4.5 and the MKS Build and Deployment Module are available direct from MKS immediately. For pricing and sales information, please contact your MKS sales representative at 1-800-265-2797 (North America), +44 1483 733919 (UK) or +49 711 351775 0 (Germany).

About MKS
MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX) provides award-winning enterprise software configuration management (SCM) and interoperability software solutions enabling Global 1000 companies to better manage and control the complete process of software development. The Company's family of SCM products offers advanced technology with robust workflow, version control, and impact analysis capabilities. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS provides UNIX-Windows co-existence, and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market while enabling enhanced performance. Founded in 1984 with over 10,000 customers worldwide, MKS has built its brand on the foundation of advanced technology, superior quality and extraordinary customer service. 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), and +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom).

MKS, MKS Source Integrity, MKS Integrity Manager, Implementer, MKS Build and Deployment Module, 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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