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MKS Announces Immediate Support for IBM's WebSphere Development Studio client (WDSc)

Waterloo, ON - November 21, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced immediate support for integration between its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions and IBM's WebSphere™ Development Studio client (WDSc) 4.0 for iSeries. WDSc for iSeries 4.0 is IBM's new eclipse-based IDE aimed at addressing the new realities of today's interconnected, 24-7, eBusiness world where organizations' applications have to expand beyond their traditional green screen solutions.

Waterloo, ON - November 21, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced immediate support for integration between its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions and IBM's WebSphere™ Development Studio client (WDSc) 4.0 for iSeries. WDSc for iSeries 4.0 is IBM's new eclipse-based IDE aimed at addressing the new realities of today's interconnected, 24-7, eBusiness world where organizations' applications have to expand beyond their traditional green screen solutions.

The IBM WDSc for iSeries integration, supported by MKS's enterprise SCM offerings, Implementer® and MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition, is targeted at iSeries organizations continuing to develop native applications and those embracing Java and web-based development. It offers iSeries development teams seamless access to advanced SCM functionality, such as file check in/out; create project; create Sandbox™ environments (private developer workspaces), file merge/compare, promotion, deployment and compilation all from within their familiar IBM WebSphere Studio environment.

In addition, MKS is also providing integration with MKS Integrity Manager™, for fully customizable process and workflow management. Integration with MKS Integrity Manager enhances the solution's overall value by providing unified control and a single management view into development activity regardless of development platform.

Through integrated process-enabled software configuration management from MKS, development teams and their project leaders in iSeries organizations can improve the quality and reliability of web-based and customer-facing applications, while speeding delivery and deployment and reducing development costs. IT development and operations managers have greater visibility into all multi-platform development activities and better control over, and use of, valuable development resources, improving their overall efficiency.

MKS is the first software configuration management solution vendor to fully support WebSphere Development Studio client for iSeries 4.0 for developers working on both native and web development projects. With this integration, and with its recent election to the Eclipse Board of Stewards, MKS has further aligned its product strategy with IBM's vision for eBusiness application development.

"We are pleased to see MKS's strong commitment to IBM WebSphere and Eclipse Workbench technology," says Phil Coulthard, IBM, iSeries Software Architect.

"We are extremely pleased to announce our integration of Implementer and the MKS Integrity Solution™ with IBM WebSphere Development Studio client 4.0 for iSeries," says David Martin, MKS vice president, Product Management. "In a recent survey, iSeries organizations indicated that their number one development issue surrounded adoption of Java technologies. With WDSc 4.0 for iSeries, developers now have the ability to develop native iSeries and new Java software using one set of tools. MKS has innovated and integrated for these customers a common software configuration management system, enabling a consistent software development process and view into that process across all platforms."

About the MKS Integrity Solution
The MKS Integrity Solution is the best of breed, enterprise choice for cross-platform, workflow-enabled software configuration management. Implementer, MKS's native SCM and deployment solution for the iSeries, offers robust SCM support for traditional OS/400 development. MKS Source Integrityâ Enterprise provides SCM support for web and client-oriented cross-platform development. MKS is also leading the way with rich integrations into the latest integrated development environments, including the eclipse-tooled IBM WebSphere Development Studio client for iSeries. Implementer and MKS Source Integrity Enterprise integrate seamlessly with MKS Integrity Managerä to provide scalable workflow-enabled SCM for the iSeries environment or for all platforms across the enterprise.

Availability
Integration between the MKS Integrity Solution, Implementer and IBM's WebSphere Development Studio client 4.0 for iSeries is available immediately. 

About MKS
MKS Inc. ("MKS") (TSE:MKX) provides award-winning enterprise software configuration management (SCM) and interoperability software solutions enabling development teams at Fortune 1000 companies such as Park Place Entertainment, Continental Teves, Federated Insurance Companies and Northrop Grumman to analyze, build and deploy software systems quickly and reliably. The company's family of SCM products offer advanced technology with robust workflow, code management, 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 Integrity Solution 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.

IBM, the IBM e-business logo, eServer, iSeries, and WebSphere are registered trademarks or trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term "server" following it.

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