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USERS Incorporated to Standardize on MKS to Enhance Development Efficiency and Overall IT Governance

Waterloo, ON — November 8, 2004: MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions for the Global 1000, today announced that USERS Incorporated (www.users.com), a unit of Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV) and provider of systems and services for credit unions, has standardized on the MKS Integrity Solution® for enterprise software change and configuration management (SCCM).

Waterloo, ON — November 8, 2004: MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions for the Global 1000, today announced that USERS Incorporated (www.users.com), a unit of Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV) and provider of systems and services for credit unions, has standardized on the MKS Integrity Solution® for enterprise software change and configuration management (SCCM).

USERS will implement MKS's enterprise SCCM solution to consolidate version control, call center and action ticket tracking tools to improve automation and to better manage requirements from inception through to production and deployment.

MKS enables USERS to further improve development efficiency on its core processing system, DataSafe®, through tighter integration with Mercury TestDirector and several Integrated Development Environments (IDE's), including Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Visual Basic. MKS will reduce the amount of time and cost associated with application maintenance versus development of new enhancements. USERS selected MKS after a thorough evaluation of offerings in the source control market.

Additional benefits that USERS will realize from standardizing on the MKS Integrity Solution include:

  • Improved metrics and quality trend reporting via the MKS Integrity Solution dashboard;
  • Greater management traceability, visibility, control, and metrics over requirements through to software assets promoted into production environments;
  • Enhanced cross-team communication and real-time collaboration, improving software application quality, accuracy, reproducibility, and consistency;
  • Improved security and enforced version control processes to protect software assets and intellectual property;
  • Secure processes governing promotion to production ensuring no assets or artifacts are left behind as a change progresses through the lifecycle; and
  • More efficient release management with roll backs and identification of all assets related to a change implemented at any point in the past.

Sal LaBricciosa, VP Process and System Services, states, "In today's highly competitive financial services industry, it is imperative that we continually improve internal development efficiency throughout our organization. We chose MKS because we felt the company was best positioned to help us improve quality and shorten our time-to-market, ensuring our technology partnerships with credit unions remain rock solid. MKS's solution is used in multiple Fiserv locations and references from other users were extremely positive. We believe the MKS Integrity Solution will meet all of our necessary criteria and allow USERS to continue its track record of high-quality service to our clients."

About Users Incorporated
USERS Incorporated (Valley Forge, PA) (www.users.com), a unit of Fiserv, Inc., provides a wide range of systems and services to hundreds of credit unions throughout the continental United States and Hawaii. Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq: FISV) provides information management systems and services to the financial industry, including transaction processing, business process outsourcing and software and systems solutions. The company serves more than 15,000 clients worldwide, including banks, broker-dealers, credit unions, financial planners and investment advisers, insurance companies and agents, self-funded employers, lenders and savings institutions. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Fiserv reported $2.7 billion in processing and services revenues for 2003. Fiserv can be found on the Internet at www.fiserv.com.

About MKS
MKS is the preeminent provider of enterprise technology management solutions for the global 1000. Our solutions let companies manage the technology governing the enterprise by enabling all of the key steps in the technology lifecycle, from requirements capture and business process design to global development team collaboration, to metrics management and reporting to complete auditing of software and system change in support of IT governance initiatives. MKS solutions are distinguished for their speed of implementation and low total cost of ownership. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether our customers deploy MKS's enterprise solutions strategically on an enterprise scale, or leverage individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS's technology to better connect their business through flexible process, manage global development activity and protect 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).

Copyright © 2004 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity Solution 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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