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MKS Announces MKS Integrity Suite 2005 for Enterprise Software Change Management

Waterloo, ON – February 1, 2005: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX) announced today a significant new release of its enterprise software change management system aimed at increasing efficiency and management visibility over global development teams and the application lifecycle process. The MKS Integrity Suite™ 2005 adds integrated requirements management, a management dashboard for management decision support, and flexible e-Signature support for regulated environments. MKS brings full lifecycle coverage into a single solution, single architecture, and single interface – rather than via a suite of disparate, acquired tools.

Waterloo, ON – February 1, 2005: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX) announced today a significant new release of its enterprise software change management system aimed at increasing efficiency and management visibility over global development teams and the application lifecycle process. The MKS Integrity Suite™ 2005 adds integrated requirements management, a management dashboard for management decision support, and flexible e-Signature support for regulated environments. MKS brings full lifecycle coverage into a single solution, single architecture, and single interface – rather than via a suite of disparate, acquired tools.

Integrated Requirements Management – MKS Requirements 2005
MKS has built requirements management on the foundation of MKS Integrity Manager®, making requirements management an initial stage of the development process. Business analysts and developers benefit from a real time flow of information and collaborate via a single product and common process. This single solution approach helps lower training costs, administrative overhead and time to deployment, and encourages constant communication flow – particularly important for development shops using Agile and other iterative development methodologies.

Dashboard for Improved Management Decision Support
MKS’s new configurable dashboard delivers instant visibility into software development activity occurring around the globe. Charts, reports and metrics with drill down capability into the details, enable full traceability from initial requirements through to line of code changes. Managers can monitor vital information such as defect trend rates, status of assigned tasks and work effort across distributed, iSeries and mainframe platforms. Information is relayed to the dashboard in real time as development staff conduct their day-to-day activities.

e-Signature Support and Server Side Audit Logging for Regulated Industries
New e-Signature support aids compliance with regulations such as FDA 21-CFR Part 11 and Sarbanes-Oxley. Server side audit logging via the MKS Integrity Server captures and preserves an audit trail of any modification of data.

Advanced Refactoring and Component Re-Use
MKS’s refactoring support enables developers to restructure rather than rewrite code for greater development efficiency and productivity by allowing users to move and rename source files and move and share components. MKS is one of the first SCM vendors to align with latest IDE advancements, such as the Eclipse Refactoring Wizard.

Single Solution, Single Architecture
The single architecture underlying MKS Integrity Suite 2005 brings process and workflow, software configuration management and requirements management together into a single, configurable interface. Users adjust panes on the screen to view information relevant to their role.

Union Bank of California, one of the largest commercial banks in California and a long time MKS customer, notes, "Communication between business units and development groups has improved, and we have established an increased level of audit control having standardized on the MKS Integrity Solution," says Mike Knott, Systems Specialist, Union Bank of California. "The upcoming release of MKS Integrity Suite 2005 delivers several key capabilities that map well to our business needs, in particular, the addition of requirements management and new dashboard capabilities, which provide better overall visibility, control and management decision support. MKS’s single solution, single architecture approach will enable UBOC to further gain an increased level of control over the complete application lifecycle process."

Availability
MKS Integrity Suite 2005 is available direct from MKS. For pricing and sales information, please contact your MKS sales representative at 1-800-613-7535 (North America), +44 1483 733919 (UK) or +49 711 351775 0 (Germany).

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. 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).

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