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MKS Extends Market Wide Leadership with MKS Integrity 2009

Waterloo, ON - September 16, 2009: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX, www.mks.com) today announced the release of MKS Integrity™ 2009. MKS Integrity 2009 is the only solution in the market which delivers the complete range of application lifecycle management (ALM) competence within a single coherent application, adaptable across all platforms, processes, standards, locales and disciplines. MKS Integrity is the ultimate solution for enterprises that must rapidly address the business challenges of software development.

Waterloo, ON - September 16, 2009: MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX, www.mks.com) today announced the release of MKS Integrity™ 2009. MKS Integrity 2009 is the only solution in the market which delivers the complete range of application lifecycle management (ALM) competence within a single coherent application, adaptable across all platforms, processes, standards, locales and disciplines. MKS Integrity is the ultimate solution for enterprises that must rapidly address the business challenges of software development.

"Software provides a tremendous opportunity for innovation and competitive advantage in any enterprise initiative or manufactured device, but there's a catch," said John Cull, Vice President of Marketing at MKS. "This opportunity also means the subsequent rapid acceleration in the volume and complexity of software products - and this ultimately translates into increased risk for the business. With MKS Integrity 2009, we deliver the most intelligent ALM solution, enabling enterprises to exploit this opportunity while mitigating the risks and costs. Loosely coupled suites simply can't deliver the business benefits that our industry leading customers are demanding."

As a cornerstone of this release, MKS Integrity 2009 adds test management capabilities to the solution, providing real-time visibility of test coverage, quality trends and metrics, improved decision support across the project, and the ability to leverage past investments in an increasingly complex development environment. Delivering test management as part of a complete ALM solution is a requirement for achieving dynamic control over software quality assurance - this affects everything from understanding the test deficit impacts of requirements changes to the ability to rapidly and accurately answer the question 'Are we ready to ship?'

"Quality and time-to-market initiatives hinge on the ability to develop, test, and deliver against the gathered and approved requirements for all technology products," said Doug Akers, Director of Product Management for MKS. "To scale across the enterprise, you need to reuse those same requirements, components, test cases, and results with each new variation across product lines or projects. In 2007, we extended our world-class change and configuration management capabilities to requirements management, which received accolades from industry analysts. Now we've done the same thing in test management and can offer a solution that can seamlessly manage all assets and activities in the lifecycle for our customers building everything from back office systems to cell phones."

"The accelerating volume, complexity and critical nature of software means that incremental improvement in individual disciplines is not good enough," continued John Cull. "You can't solve this problem by assigning more people and resources or installing point tools; success requires a smarter approach to ALM. MKS can now offer change management, collaboration and configuration for test assets and activities while inextricably linking them to requirements, source code and other assets. This allows our customers to go beyond simple efficiency and automation to achieve the kind of agility and control that we call Intelligent ALM™."

Availability

MKS Integrity 2009 is currently shipping and is available directly from MKS. Our customers can download MKS Integrity 2009 from the MKS Customer Community. For pricing and sales information, please contact your MKS sales representative; contact information is available at http://www.mks.com/sales. Webinars associated with the release can be accessed at http://www.mks.com/events/.

MKS Integrity 2009 Capabilities:

  • Complete ALM Competence
    MKS Integrity delivers the industry's only complete and coherent ALM solution with competence to address Requirements Management, Software Change & Configuration Management, Defect Management, Test Management, and Release Management, as well as the capability to manage other critical processes and assets that are part of software development.
  • True Enterprise Adaptability
    MKS Integrity has a proven ability to scale across geography, IDEs, processes and development methodologies as well as supporting thousands of users on a single instance. A single deployment can incorporate Agile, Waterfall and other methodologies, both Eclipse and Visual Studio, and multiple platforms - all while securely supporting distributed development across multiple locations and organizations.
  • Configuration, Change Management and Collaboration across all activities and assets
    MKS Integrity offers the industry's most complete configuration, change management, and traceability across all activities and assets for an unprecedented level of built-in compliance and auditability as well as fine-grained control and monitoring of development.
  • Configurable ViewSets, Reports and Dashboards to address the needs of any user
    MKS Integrity is a single application that addresses needs across the entire development lifecycle. The ability to completely tailor views and dashboards for each role provides appropriate starting points and key real-time metrics for every type of stakeholder in the software product lifecycle. The result is delivery of the right information to the right people at the right time throughout the entire lifecycle.
  • Integrations beyond development for closed-loop ALM
    Integrations to BMC, SAP and other solutions connect software development activities and assets to the greater context of IT Service Management or Product Lifecycle Management (which are the reasons for software development in the first place). These integrations allow MKS integrity to serve as an Application Management Database, providing a single source of truth for software development.

About MKS

MKS Inc., the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, enables organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software planning, development and maintenance activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software-related activities and assets through a single enterprise application, resulting in improved global collaboration and greater productivity. MKS has become an essential partner in addressing the challenges of software complexity faced by leading enterprises in various geographies and industries. Our wide array of industry and ALM experience allows our professional services teams to deliver superior solution value to our customers, from 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.

Copyright © 2009 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity, Intelligent ALM and all other MKS brand and product names are trademarks of MKS Inc. All other marks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect MKS's current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause our actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by MKS with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Although MKS believes the expectations represented by such forward looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those expectations will prove to be correct. MKS does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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