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MKS Redefines Application Lifecycle Management Market With MKS Integrity 2006

MKS Redefines Application Lifecycle Management Market With MKS Integrity 2006

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/24/06 -- Innovative Application Portfolio Management and Deployment Capabilities Targets CIO Top Priorities

MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX: MKX) today announced the introduction of MKS Integrity 2006, a sweeping new release of the company's application lifecycle management (ALM) platform signifying MKS's extension into the application portfolio management market.

According to Forrester Research; CIOs remain crippled by a lack of visibility. Today, they are able to measure and monitor only a mere fraction of their application development (AD) activities.

By adding application portfolio management into its unified ALM architecture, MKS provides CIOs with critical management support for business transformations such as SOA, application rationalization, off-shoring and compliance. CIOs and CTOs are investing actively in ALM to better align the application development lifecycle with business process, accelerate productivity, innovate rapidly and automate compliance.

Competitive offerings provide bolt-on solutions with visibility into a mere 25 percent of AD expenditures & effort. They rely on manual data entry and carry the risk of subjective bias. MKS has built its portfolio capability as an integrated part of the application lifecycle -- deeply connected to MKS's single repository. This integrated, single architecture approach allows CXOs to data-mine lifecycle activities in real time in order to manage, monitor and act. Called MKS Portfolios, this extended set of capabilities is available soon as part of MKS's new MKS Integrity 2006 release.

In a recent presentation, Gartner Research Vice President, Jim Duggan states, "By 2007, enterprises that implement a disciplined application portfolio management strategy can reduce IT expenses by at least 20 percent and future application transformation costs by 30 percent." Duggan continues, "Integrated enterprise-level architecture, application portfolio and project planning will support IT governance and investment in 40% of large enterprises (global 2000 and government) by 2007."(i)

"A portfolio that is disconnected from the lifecycle is like a dashboard disconnected from the car - it just doesn't work," says Philip Deck, MKS CEO. "MKS Portfolios is built as an extension of our single platform approach to application lifecycle management. Linked by common process to requirements management, software change management and deployment management, MKS Portfolios offers CIOs a holistic management framework providing visibility and measurement ability across the entire application portfolio. Visibility is not bolted on as an after-thought and application development investments and activities are monitored in real time without filters, time delays or bias."

MKS Portfolios offers:

- Rapid and effective decision-making for CIOs - through lifecycle data, automated metrics collection and trending views connected to the application lifecycle visibility and spanning application development activities, operations and investments;

- Performance & manage by exception monitoring - through an active inventory of applications and projects within the IT portfolio, configurable ranges and views and visual red-yellow-green performance indicators;

- The ability to act and respond in real-time - configurable dashboards give instant access to real-time metrics and trends with drill-down capabilities directly into lifecycle activities;

- A complete picture of AD productivity and efficiency - through trending and cost analysis across multiple projects, applications and across time;

- Improved communication between AD and the Project Management Office - through bi-directional integration with Microsoft Project;

- Integral design - the antithesis of bolt on, after-market technology. The single repository allows users to transition from portfolio summaries, charts and metrics directly into requirements, source code, test plans, documentation and other related application lifecycle artifacts.

Also Announcing - MKS Deploy

MKS also announced the delivery of enterprise staging and deployment capabilities as part of MKS Integrity 2006.

Compliance demands coupled with increasing volume and rate of change to systems is pushing IT organizations to adopt more automated and controlled processes for deployment. MKS Deploy is an enterprise staging and deployment system allowing release teams to implement a secure, robust and flexible release management processes which scale to hundreds of server deployment targets.

MKS Deploy features include:

- Multi-level staging system that implements approvals and a deployment process. Version-control provides detailed reporting and deployment roll-back capabilities;

- Secure audit trails, separation of duties and approval cycles tightly control deployment procedures to ensure compliance requirements are met;

- Intelligent agent technology manages transfers, executes deployment actions and supports multiple deployment sources, target locations and all types of deployment artifacts.

MKS Integrity 2006 includes much more - for a full overview of this new release please go to our web page What's New in 2006.

Availability

MKS Integrity 2006, including MKS Portfolios and MKS Deploy is available direct from MKS. For pricing and sales information, please contact your MKS sales representative at 1-800-265-2797 (North America), +44- 1483-733919 (UK), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany) or +65-6832-5534 (Asia Pacific).

About MKS

MKS is the premier provider of application lifecycle management solutions for the global 1000. MKS's flagship ALM solution, MKS Integrity, is the most highly integrated ALM platform in the industry today, spanning all aspects of the software development lifecycle and supporting critical business transformations including SOA, application rationalization and outsourcing. MKS Integrity's single architecture drives high levels of user productivity, facilitates rapid deployment and process standardization while delivering a complete view of application development activity through real time metrics, trends and reporting. MKS Integrity also provides essential support for IT operations through software deployment and issue management. Founded in 1984, MKS serves more than 10,000 customers in countries across the world. Whether through deployment of MKS's solution strategically on an enterprise scale, or by leveraging individual components to solve project-level challenges, our customers can use MKS's software to enable higher levels of process maturity, better manage global development activity and safeguard their most critical business applications and software assets. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit brand, MKS also provides UNIX-Windows co-existence and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market, while enabling enhanced performance. 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), +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom) and 1-519-884-2251 (Rest of World).

Copyright © 2006 MKS Inc. 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.

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 the Company'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 the Company 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 the Company believes the expectations represented by such forward looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those expectations will prove to be correct. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

(i) Gartner Presentation, "Application Portfolio Management and Enterprise Architecture - Agility Through Understanding", by Jim Duggan. September 2005.


Contacts:
US and Canada Media Contact: MKS Inc.
Ellyn Winters-Robinson
VP, Marketing
(519) 883-4346
[email protected]

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