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MKS to Join Lockheed Martin at Gartner Symposium and IT XPO

Orlando, FL – October 8, 2007 : MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX: MKX) will be joined by Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Enterprise Solutions and Services unit to present the way that a global organization rapidly achieves large scale adoption of CMMI across new and existing programs.

Solution Provider Session to Focus on Achieving Rapid, Widespread Adoption of CMMI with ALM

Orlando, FL – October 8, 2007 : MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX: MKX) will be joined by Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] Enterprise Solutions and Services unit to present the way that a global organization rapidly achieves large scale adoption of CMMI across new and existing programs.

CMMI® (Capability Maturity Model® Integration) is recognized as the standard for independent benchmarking of industry maturity in critical technical and managerial areas. CMMI is very powerful, yet notoriously difficult to implement, especially quickly and on a large-scale basis.

During this co-presented session to conference attendees, Tuesday, October 9 th at 4:45 PM in Room Oceanic 6 at the Dolphin Hotel , Dr. Jeffrey Phillips, Chief Technologist, Health Information Technology Solutions and Mr. Kyle Willers, Manager, Application Development and Maintenance Solutions, Lockheed Martin Enterprise Solutions and Services, along with Dan Boutin, Strategic Solutions Manager, MKS, will discuss the role of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), as a vital accelerator for Lockheed Martin Information Solutions and Services automating and streamlining each stage of CMMI maturity.

“Lockheed Martin has proven Level 5 processes and artifacts,” states Dr. Phillips. “Our goal is to rapidly and consistently implement Level 3 processes and artifacts across many diverse programs, while taking early advantage of Level 5 functionality by embedding our processes within a proven automated ALM platform. Embedding Lockheed Martin’s CMMI processes and best practices within an ALM platform enables the consistent monitoring of work performance during all stages of the development lifecycle. This is critical to achieving CMMI Level 5 maturity benefits, such as reducing code defects and product development and maintenance cost and increasing code re-use and product quality.”

“A unified ALM platform is a proven accelerator for maturity initiatives, like CMMI, through automation of processes, end to end traceability and visibility, and real-time data mining of lifecycle metrics of key process indicators (KPI),” comments Philip C. Deck, Chairman and CEO, MKS. “We’re delighted to present our shared vision for accelerated CMMI with Lockheed Martin.”

Attendees of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which runs from October 7 – 12 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin in Orlando, FL, are also invited to stop by the MKS booth (#1425) to learn how its enterprise Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution provides Global 1000 organizations with greater visibility over geographically distributed software development activities, enhanced development productivity, and improved IT controls for regulatory compliance across zSeries, iSeries, and distributed platforms. See what makes MKS Integrity 2007 stand out.

About MKS

MKS is a globally recognized leader of software application management, harmonizing the disciplines of application lifecycle management and IT service management to aid Global companies in achieving higher levels of productivity, process standardization and rapid innovation. For more information about MKS, visit our Web site at http://www.mks.com.

About MKS Integrity

MKS Integrity is an enterprise software platform that coordinates and manages software application activities and configuration items through the establishment a unified application data framework to deliver productivity, visibility and compliance. MKS Integrity’s unified approach provides IT and software engineering organizations with end to end coverage across the application development lifecycle with capabilities including requirements management, to software configuration management (SCM), software change management, build management and test management, through to deployment and release management, and IT portfolio management. MKS Integrity facilitates software applications management within large organizations that have a need for enterprise class scalability, multi-platform capability, support for multiple geographic locations, traceability, audit ability and granular access control and security. By spanning all aspects of the application the development lifecycle, MKS supports critical business transformations including SOA, application rationalization and IT outsourcing.

MKS Integrity’s unique single architecture approach to ALM delivers uncompromised visibility, flexibility and scalability across software projects, platforms (Windows, UNIX, System i and Mainframe), custom and packaged applications (SAP and Oracle/Peoplesoft), as well as teams and locations. MKS Integrity can manage any IT workflow or software process, while uniting process frameworks such as ITIL, CMMI and CobiT enabling global development organizations to better meet IT governance and compliance goals, achieve high levels of software process maturity, measure project performance with real-time software metrics and make substantial productivity gains for an overall low total cost of ownership.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lockheed Martin has been the number one IT prime contractor for the Federal government in terms of annual sales each year for the last 13 years.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the IT industry's largest and most strategic conference, providing business leaders with a look at the future of IT. For more than 10,000 IT professionals from the world's leading enterprises, Gartner's annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of their annual planning efforts. Attendees rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use technology to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. For more information, please visit www.gartner.com/symposium/us .

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