MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

May 08, 2009 07:00 ET

Insitu Accelerates CMMI Maturity for Software Engineering With MKS Integrity

Continuous improvement in CMMI maturity improves likelihood of contract awards

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - MKS Inc., (MKS) (TSX:MKX) the global Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technology leader, has released a new case study showcasing the success that Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has had in accelerating their adoption of the SEI CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) and rapid achievement of CMMI Level 3 compliance through the use of MKS Integrity™.

Insitu Inc. is located in Bingen, Washington, and designs, develops and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems for commercial and military applications including integrated command, control, and video tools for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR). Given the fail-safe, mission critical nature of its products, Insitu must ensure a high level product and software quality. With an initial goal of achieving CMMI Level 3, Insitu evaluated a variety of product lifecycle management (PLM) and application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions. After completing a study involving multiple vendors, Insitu decided on MKS Integrity as it scored well in its unified architecture and flexibility across the full lifecycle of software engineering.

MKS Integrity has been implemented to ensure consistent, repeatable adoption and continuous improvement through each level of CMMI. MKS Integrity manages the product lifecycle for software used with unmanned aircraft systems, including, networking and user interface software.

"It's critical that our software engineering environment delivers precise, dependable, high quality core applications as a critical component of our unmanned aircraft systems. MKS Integrity supports our software engineering lifecycle from Requirements Management to Test Management, and is a key contributor to our CMMI certification", says Gary Viviani, Vice President of Electronic Systems at Insitu. "We adopted CMMI to improve software quality. After only 10 months, we successfully achieved CMMI Level 3 compliance. This rapid success would not have been possible without MKS Integrity."

Sophisticated engineering companies like Insitu find that they need the powerful Test Management capabilities, process engine, and full traceability across the engineering lifecycle of MKS Integrity to ensure continued on-time delivery of complex systems. By facilitating effective reuse of software requirements, MKS Integrity is being used on many development projects, saving the organization many hours of costly re-work.

Based on the initial success of the project, Insitu is considering the use of MKS Integrity in other areas of its product engineering organization. To learn more about how MKS Integrity is helping Insitu accelerate CMMI maturity and streamline engineering processes, download the case study here:

"MKS Integrity has proven useful in the most complex development environments from Requirements Management through Test Management. We're delighted to have the top two providers of Unmanned Aircraft Systems using MKS," states Chris Murray, Director MKS - Western Region.

About Insitu

Insitu Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) located in Bingen, Wash., designs, develops and manufactures unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and associated services for commercial and military applications. With a small footprint and expeditionary focus for both land and sea operations, the company's family of UAS solutions is serving the needs of the global defense community. In 1998, Insitu achieved the first unmanned transatlantic flight, completing it with just 1.5 gallons of fuel. Visit for more information.

About MKS

MKS Inc., the global ALM technology leader, enables software engineering and IT organizations to seamlessly manage their worldwide software development activities. With its flagship product, MKS Integrity, MKS offers support for all software development activities through a single enterprise application, resulting in better global collaboration and higher productivity. MKS supports customers worldwide with offices across North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about MKS, visit our Web site at

About MKS Integrity

MKS Integrity is an enterprise application lifecycle management platform that coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with software development including Requirements Management, System Design, Software Configuration Management, Change Management, Test Management, Defect Management, Release Management and Portfolio Management for custom built and packaged applications

MKS Integrity provides consistent capabilities across all disciplines of the application lifecycle by defining hierarchies, relationships and change management processes for numerous user defined application artifacts. Unlike other ALM offerings that have been assembled by acquisition, our unified platform provides enterprise class scalability and multi-platform capability to support large scale software reuse initiatives, workflow-based collaboration and rich mining of application activity data to deliver higher team productivity, visibility and compliance for software engineering and IT organizations.

Copyright (C) 2009 MKS Inc. MKS and MKS Integrity are 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 MKS'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 MKS 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 MKS believes the expectations represented by such forward looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that those expectations will prove to be correct. MKS does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact Information