MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

October 20, 2005 10:30 ET

MKS Announces Partnership with iTegrity Group LLC

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX) today announced its partnership with iTegrity Group LLC, a New Jersey-based IT consulting firm specializing in software development lifecycle process improvement through discovery and automation. iTegrity Group LLC applies current best practices such as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library® (ITIL) and Capability Maturity Model® (CMM) to MKS's solution for application lifecycle management (ALM), the MKS Integrity Suite™.

iTegrity Group provides a range of services to MKS customers including process evaluation, process improvement/design and automation, as well as training utilizing the MKS Integrity Suite. The principals of iTegrity Group have over 20 years in IT with nearly 10 years experience implementing enterprise-level change management with MKS tools in a variety of enterprise organizations.

In addition, iTegrity Group offers "ITIL Compliance Manager," the only automated workflow in the industry pre-loaded with the complete ITIL Framework. ITIL Compliance Manager functions as a vehicle to assess compliance, generate all tasks, and manage the road to full compliance. iTegrity Group uses the framework to conduct a gap assessment against the ITIL model, identify outstanding tasks and automate related work flows. A multi-level management dashboard provides visibility into every step of the maturity process. iTegrity Group has also developed customized MKS workflows for project management as an alternative to traditional project management tools (Microsoft Project, Excel®, etc.) automating task management and providing multi-level management dashboards for executive management, project managers, and system support roles.

"MKS is pleased to welcome iTegrity Group as an MKS Solution Provider Partner. iTegrity's extensive technical experience using the MKS Integrity Suite in large enterprises, and their wealth of experience implementing best practices will help us serve our growing list of customers in the northeast," says Pat Higbie, vice president of business development, MKS Inc.

"iTegrity is excited at the growth opportunities available through our partnership with MKS. Our team is enthusiastic about leveraging MKS's single architecture ALM platform to help organizations solve IT project visibility challenges," says Jim Winder, partner, iTegrity Group LLC. "Our experience implementing positive change based on process experience, our in-depth expertise MKS tools, and best practices allows us to help companies work out creative ways to introduce change and plan for change in the future."

iTegrity Group also maintains an active speaking schedule. The firm recently presented, "De-mystifying the Management Dashboard," at ALM Expo™ 2005, an online conference and exposition managed by CM Crossroads. iTegrity is collaborating with MKS to present to the SPIN and PMI forums in the fall 2005 season in the tri-state area.

iTegrity Group is also the producer of the soon to be released "ITIL Audio Overview." This 11 part audio book presents the complete ITIL Framework overview in an informative yet innovative style suitable for listening at one's desk or on the road and has been recognized by the US IT Service Management Forum.

About iTegrity Group LLC

More information about iTegrity Group may be found at or by calling 609-235-5271.

About MKS

MKS is the premier provider of application lifecycle management solutions for the global 1000. MKS's solution spans from requirements management to deployment providing customers with enhanced development productivity, visibility over processes, and improved IT controls for regulatory compliance. MKS's software is distinguished by its single architecture and deep integration of features delivering collaboration throughout the development lifecycle, rapid implementation and low total cost of ownership.

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 less than greater than , 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 (C) 2005 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity Suite, 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. The Company does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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