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MKS Announces Major Upgrades to its Enterprise SCM Solution

Waterloo, ON - September 18, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced two new major releases within its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solution. MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition 8.3 and MKS Integrity Manager™ 4.4 offer compelling new benefits for geographically distributed development teams, built on MKS's unique value proposition of lower total cost of ownership (TCO), flexible process, and enterprise scalability and adaptability.

Waterloo, ON - September 18, 2002: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSE:MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced two new major releases within its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solution. MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition 8.3 and MKS Integrity Manager™ 4.4 offer compelling new benefits for geographically distributed development teams, built on MKS's unique value proposition of lower total cost of ownership (TCO), flexible process, and enterprise scalability and adaptability.

Included in this major upgrade are:

Dramatically improved support for geographically distributed development teams. The innovative MKS Federated Server™ architecture, built on MKS's unique application server design, enables true, real time enterprise collaboration on software projects with significant system performance and team productivity improvements, contributing to enterprise scalability.

An innovative solution for teams engaged in component-based and Web Services development. Through project sharing, teams can share specific versions of software code, a concept that promotes code re-use and efficient use of expensive development resources, lowering TCO and increasing process flexibility.

Provides greater process automation and adherence with event triggers and issue escalation. This allows enterprises to realize greater business efficiency by standardizing and automating core processes and managing development activity according to organizational tolerances, offering greater process flexibility and lowering TCO.

Simplified administration of development processes using new Graphical Workflow Modeler. Development groups can visually model, refine and communicate development processes, for immediate productivity payback driving down TCO and enabling greater process flexibility.

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

"We are extremely excited by MKS's most recent technology advances," says Harvey Scott, Manager of Engineering Services for Advance Digital Information Cooperation (ADIC). "We're particularly enthusiastic about the MKS Federated Server architecture, which offers us significant performance improvement through real time communication between our satellite development offices."

"These product releases further our commitment to the enterprise SCM market, and to our growing enterprise customer roster. Our goal is to deliver the market leading SCM solution - adaptable to existing enterprise environments, highly scalable to meet the needs of large, complex development operations, enabled by superior process flexibility, and all at a low total cost of ownership," says David Martin, MKS Vice President Product Management. "We're listening carefully to the needs of our customers, and their continued and valued input is clearly reflected in this major upgrade."

Availability
MKS Source Integrity Enterprise Edition 8.3, MKS Integrity Manager 4.4, and the Federated Server architecture component are available direct from MKS on September 23, 2002. 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") (TSE:MKX) provides software solutions enabling development teams to analyze, build and deploy traditional and web-based software systems quickly and reliably. The company's award-winning family of MKS Integrity software configuration management (SCM) products, offer advanced technology with robust workflow, code management, and impact analysis capabilities. MKS also provides interoperability solutions under its popular MKS Toolkit brand for UNIX-Windows co-existence, cross-platform development, 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, MKS Federated Server, 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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