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Vision Solutions Selects MKS for Enterprise Software Configuration Management

Waterloo ON - July 17, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) TSX:MKX, a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced that Vision Solutions, a pioneer and leader in the managed availability marketplace, has chosen MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition, MKS Integrity Manager™ and Implementer® for its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) needs.

Waterloo ON - July 17, 2003: MKS Inc. (MKS) TSX:MKX, a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced that Vision Solutions, a pioneer and leader in the managed availability marketplace, has chosen MKS Source Integrity® Enterprise Edition, MKS Integrity Manager™ and Implementer® for its enterprise software configuration management (SCM) needs.

By adopting MKS, Vision Solutions will reduce the total number of SCM tools supported and unify the change management process across multiple platforms in their upcoming release of ORION™, the industry's first multi-platform managed availability solution. The implementation of this single SCM standard will lower administration, support, and maintenance costs and increase overall team productivity.

"The way in which MKS's process-driven SCM solution is integrated to allow both iSeries and Windows developers to work through one workflow-enabled interface is going to deliver immediate value to our organization, says DeAnna Carels, Director of Engineering, Vision Solutions, Inc. "We were also impressed with its exceptional integrations into Mercury TestDirector, WebSphere Studio and Catalyst's Openmake. These integrations will be instrumental in removing many of our current manual, and therefore expensive processes, including, among others, software builds."

Vision Solutions currently supports about 1,850 customers using its managed availability solution for business critical applications, many within regulated industries such as health sciences and banking. These customers demand consistent quality and a repeatable process. MKS's graphical process view of a software project's history ensures Vision Solutions a complete and visual audit trail.

About ORION
ORION, scheduled for release in Q3, is the first multi-platform based software solution that enables users to predictably manage the functional availability of servers, data and applications across an enterprise, regardless of platform. ORION supports the OS/400, Windows and Linux platforms and UDB, Oracle, Sybase and SQL Server databases. Its functions include data integration across disparate databases as well as managed application and server availability within both homogeneous and heterogeneous environments including multi-system coordinated fail-over and recovery.

About Vision Solutions
Vision Solutions is headquartered in Irvine, California, and provides solutions for assuring the availability of a company's mission-critical applications and data. With more than 1,850 customers and 10,000 licenses in 70 countries, the company is a leading managed availability vendor for the IBM eServer iSeries (AS/400). Through its worldwide network of channel partners, the company supports virtually every industry with its world-class solutions, Visualize™, Vision Suite®, Symbiator®, and ORION™. Vision Solutions is an IBM Premier Business Partner and an IBM High Availability Business Partner. Vision Solutions is a member of the publicly traded IDION group of companies (JSE: IDI). For more information on Vision Solutions, please visit the company's website at www.visionsolutions.com.

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 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 Source Integrity, MKS Integrity Manager, Implementer, 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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