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MKS Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in the Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms Magic Quadrant

MKS Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in the Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms Magic Quadrant

WATERLOO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/28/08 -- MKS Inc. (MKS) (TSX: MKX) announced today that it has been positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant in Gartner's first ever "Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) for Distributed Platforms" report(i). The Gartner report evaluates vendors based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Gartner defines the Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) tools as "products and suites of products that support the structured approval, assignment, monitoring, execution, and reporting of changes to software products for teams and for 'teams of teams'."

Gartner estimates that the market revenue growth for SCCM has occurred at an average of 10% to 13% annually during the past several years. Based on "the escalation of needs to achieve faster, along with more-successful deployment of changes to software," Gartner states that it will "make it likely that this sector will continue to grow at a rate of 10% annually during the next five years." Gartner further states that "the planning, measurement, control and reporting aspects of SCCM tools are central to the capabilities needed for broader application lifecycle management (ALM)."

"In my opinion, MKS's position in the leaders quadrant in this inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for software change and configuration management is a significant validation of our vision for this market and of MKS's reputation for technology excellence," said Philip C. Deck, Chairman and CEO of MKS Inc. "I believe our position is testament to our ability to execute, our growing market presence and our demonstrated ability to drive customer success."

(i) Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms, 2008." James Duggan, Daniel Stang; January 23, 2008.

About MKS

MKS is a globally recognized leader of software application management, harmonizing the disciplines of application lifecycle management and application 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 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 of 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, 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), and supports diverse teams and locations. MKS Integrity can manage any IT workflow or software process, and supports 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 Gartner's Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2008 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission, which permission should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner, Inc.'s opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Gartner does not advise enterprises to select only those firms in the "Leaders" quadrant. In some situations, firms in the Visionary, Challenger, or Niche Player quadrants may be the right matches for an enterprise's requirements. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be one of many information sources including other published information and direct analyst interaction. Gartner, Inc. expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.

Copyright © 2008 MKS Inc. MKS 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.

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MKS Inc.
Ellyn Winters-Robinson, VP Marketing
(519) 883-4346
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mks.com

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