MKS Inc.

MKS Inc.

April 23, 2009 12:15 ET

MKS Positioned as a Leader in the 2009 Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) for Distributed Platforms

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - MKS Inc., (TSX:MKX) the global Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) technology leader, announced that it has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms" report(1).

"Gartner estimates that SCCM tool revenue grew an average of 10% to 13% annually during the past several years. New-product license and maintenance revenue for SCCM was approximately $810 million in 2007, a 10% growth over adjusted numbers for 2006...this sector will have a compound annual growth rate through 2013 of 10%. However, this growth will be focused on products that incorporate ALM capabilities." In Gartner's view, "SCCM tools are evolving on a path toward integrating tightly with or becoming generalized management platforms for requirements, test plans and other aspects of the application life cycle. Some products already have added multiplatform support and management support for noncode artifacts (including requirements, content, documentation, test case management, and code packaging and distribution)."

MKS Integrity™ offers process-driven software change and configuration management capabilities as part of a single enterprise application lifecycle management platform. Delivering traceability and visibility across the entire lifecycle, MKS Integrity coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with software development, reliably supporting large numbers of users on a wide variety of platforms, across geographically distributed sites, and providing support for popular development best practices such as parallel development and software reuse. "MKS has established itself as a thought leader within the application lifecycle management market by creating the first ALM platform that includes software configuration management capabilities within a single data model," said Philip Deck, CEO, MKS Inc. "The seamless capabilities within MKS Integrity for configuration, collaboration and change management allow us to deliver higher productivity within IT and engineering organizations and has been the foundation of our success, exemplifying the trend that will deliver the industry's most robust growth."

A copy of Gartner's, "Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms" is available compliments of MKS:

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2009 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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.

(1) Gartner, Inc. "Magic Quadrant for Software Change and Configuration Management for Distributed Platforms" by Jim Duggan and Thomas E. Murphy, March 26, 2009

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.

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