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October 20, 2008 09:01 ET

MKS Hosts Event Series: "Strategic Reuse of Requirements within the Application Lifecycle"

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2008) - MKS Inc., (MKS) (TSX:MKX) the global application lifecycle management (ALM) technology leader, will be hosting a complimentary requirements management event series on the topic of "Strategic Reuse of Requirements within the Application Lifecycle".

The first Webinar, "Getting to Market Faster: Reusing Software Requirements for Competitive Advantage" (http://www.mks.com/reusing_software_requirements_webinar), will be held on October 22, 2008 at 2:00PM EDT.

In some of today's hotly competitive markets, such as telecommunications and automotive, a company's ability to deliver the next generation of its product ahead of the competition can mean significant gains in market share and market position. Engineering organizations must continually strive to shorten development cycles while maintaining a high level of software quality. In this environment, the ability to reuse software requirements across projects can provide a significant advantage. This Webinar will review MKS Integrity's unique capabilities for requirements reuse.

Seats for this Webinar can be reserved at: http://www.mks.com/reusing_requirements_oct22

On October 23, 2008, join Mary Gerush, Analyst for Forrester Research, as she prescribes a way to break down the silos that exist within organizations, preventing communication between business/end users and IT/engineering. She'll explain why, instead of thinking about a requirement as a static element, organizations need to begin looking at requirements as living objects that evolve over time and over the maturity of a business and technology solution. In her presentation entitled "Business Requirements as Strategic Enablers: Driving Organizational Improvements through a Lifecycle Approach" (www.mks.com/press/event_instance_register.jsp?event_inst_id=22958&event_type_id=38), Ms. Gerush will describe:

- The strategic value of business requirements

- How to turn a static requirements practice into a dynamic lifecycle process

- Role of a requirements management solution in supporting a lifecycle process

- Considerations for selecting a requirements management solution

This live presentation will take place at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre, Toronto, ON Canada from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT). This is a complimentary event, however, pre-registration is required: http://www.mks.com/seminar_toronto_oct23

The series ends with guest speaker Suzanne Robertson, co-creator of the Volere requirements techniques and co-author of the books "Mastering the Requirements Process" and "Requirements-Led Project Management" on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 12:00PM EDT, in a Webinar entitled "Well Structured Requirements Knowledge - The Foundation for Reuse" hosted by RQNG.

Reuse has traditionally been a concept reserved for code and software components largely because code is often the first consistently recognizable element of knowledge. However, organizations that recognize other existing elements of knowledge - like requirements - can reap the benefits of reuse early in the development lifecycle. This realization identifies a need to be able to make requirements knowledge consistent and hence reusable. Join Ms. Robertson for a lesson in how to create a well-defined requirements knowledge structure that builds traceable connections between high-level business requirements, atomic requirements and all the levels in between like systems analysis models, design components, code and testing, thus laying the foundation for reuse.

Seats for the October 30 Webinar can be reserved at: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=120767&s=1&k=74F5122B12B1511413D46F06A8391D77&parnterref=33333

About MKS

MKS Inc., the global application lifecycle management (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 http://www.mks.com.

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) 2008 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.

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