Tele Atlas and MKS Announces Successful Global SCM Implementation

Enterprise SCM betters global IT collaboration

ESSLINGEN, Germany, April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MKS Inc. (TSX: MKX), a leading provider of tools to automate, secure, manage and control the software development process, today announced that Tele Atlas, worldwide leader in the development of state-of-the-art geographic databases, has successfully deployed the MKS Integrity Solution(R) and MKS Federated Server(TM) architecture for real-time collaboration to its global development team in Belgium, Germany, and India.

The MKS Integrity Solution, for enterprise software change and configuration management (SCM), was selected by Tele Atlas in October 2003 to provide business management with greater control, visibility, and auditability of their distributed worldwide software development and standardization of the environment for better global collaboration. The MKS Integrity Solution is used within Tele Atlas to manage development of the company's mapping environment, and for cross-team and cross-location communication.

"We are extremely impressed. We have been able to rapidly install and implement the software, and train our staff across three locations in a very short period of time. Teams are now productive with the MKS Integrity Solution and we are already realizing the results of enterprise SCM technology, particularly with respect to global development team communication and collaboration via the MKS Federated Server architecture," says Philiep de Sutter, CTO of Tele Atlas. "We are on target to reach our goals to decrease the total cost of ownership by 30 percent and increase the development speed by 30 percent."

About Tele Atlas

Tele Atlas is a worldwide leader in the development of state-of-the-art geographic databases. It has the largest portfolio of the most highly detailed and accurate digital maps of both Europe and North America, covering around 343 million inhabitants in most European countries and providing 100% coverage of the whole of North America. Find information on the latest CDs for the Becker, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Kenwood, Siemens VDO and VDO Dayton (Philips CARiN) navigation systems on Visit for more information on Tele Atlas.

About MKS

MKS Inc. ("MKS") (TSX: MKX) provides award-winning enterprise software configuration management (SCM) and interoperability software solutions enabling Global 1000 companies to better manage and control the complete process of software development. The company's family of SCM products offers advanced technology with robust workflow, version control, and impact analysis capabilities. Under its widely known MKS Toolkit(R) brand, MKS provides UNIX- Windows co-existence, and system administration that significantly cut development and administrative costs and reduce time to market while enabling enhanced performance. Founded in 1984 with over 10,000 customers worldwide, MKS has built its brand on the foundation of advanced technology, superior quality and extraordinary customer service. More information about MKS can be found at, or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), and +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom).

Copyright (C) 2004 MKS Inc. MKS, MKS Integrity Solution, and MKS Toolkit are registered trademarks of MKS Inc. MKS Federated Server is a trademark of MKS. 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.

CONTACT: Tele Atlas: Brenda Sivewright, Sr. Marketing Manager PR,
Internal Communications & Events, Tele Atlas Europe, Phone: +32 9 244 88 09,
Fax: +32 9 222 74 12, Email Contact; Press relations:
Sophie Abeele, Porter Novelli, Press relations, Phone: +32 476 45 15 05, Fax:
+32 2 413 03 49, Email Contact; MKS US Media Contact: Alex
Forbes, MKS Inc., Phone: (781) 359-3362, Email: Email Contact; MKS German
Media Contact: Patrick Staehle, MKS GmbH, Phone: +49 (0) 7 11-35 17 75-24,
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