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MKS Hosts PeakPerformance 2003 Philadelphia: Advancing Enterprise Software Configuration Management

Waterloo ON - June 24, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions, today announced it will host PeakPerformance2003, Philadelphia, an event aimed at IT decision-makers challenged with maturing their enterprise software development processes to increase customer satisfaction, reduce IT costs and show return on investment.

Gartner Inc., MKS and Customers Present Key Business Issues and Success Factors in Increasing Value of Enterprise Development

Waterloo ON - June 24, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions, today announced it will host PeakPerformance2003, Philadelphia, an event aimed at IT decision-makers challenged with maturing their enterprise software development processes to increase customer satisfaction, reduce IT costs and show return on investment. The event showcases presentations by:

  • Jim Duggan Vice President, and Area Research Director, Application Development Management Gartner Inc.;
  • Jim Winder and Lisa Venezia, Version Control/Release Management Administrators, Verizon Wireless;
  • Alexander Whitney, Project Manager, Application Support, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.; and,
  • David Martin, VP Product Management, MKS.

Leading Global 1000 organizations will participate in the event, scheduled for Wednesday, June 25 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Philadelphia, to discuss key business issues and success factors for increasing the value of enterprise development and how to;

  • Ensure high quality enterprise software;
  • Reduce total cost of ownership;
  • Decrease global development costs;
  • Reduce development risks;
  • Improve customer satisfaction; and
  • Increase ROI through successful development initiatives.

Please also see today's news release highlighting the enterprise reasons Towers Perrin selected MKS at http://www.mks.com/press/releases/030624b.shtml.

"The need for software change and configuration management is becoming compelling in 2003, as Global 2000 organizations seek greater levels of organizational maturity," says Jim Duggan, Gartner Inc. "Business pressures such as regulatory compliance, and the requirement for stricter corporate governance, are creating an environment where software configuration management solutions are now regarded as fundamental to managing the enterprise. We believe that 10 percent of the SCM market is currently seeking high-end change management tools that are process-driven. However, this upper tier of the market is growing more rapidly than the overall market, and we project it will grow to 20 percent in the next five years."

"We are pleased to host PeakPerformance2003, an MKS event that will bring together industry experts and Global 1000 organizations who are advancing the enterprise software configuration management market through business practice," says Michael Harris, chief operating officer, MKS. "Our goal for this event is to bring distinct value to organizations who are seeking to advance their software development practices and processes to achieve higher levels of maturity."

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 Integrity Manager and MKS Toolkit are trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are the property of their respective owners.

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