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Magellan Health Services to Standardize on MKS for Organizational IT Change and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance.

MKS Inc. (TSX:MKX), a leading provider of enterprise software configuration management (SCM) solutions for the Global 1000, today announced that Magellan Health Services Inc., the United States' leading managed behavioral health care organization, has signed an enterprise agreement to purchase MKS's software configuration management solution. Magellan will implement MKS's enterprise SCM solution to provide greater control, visibility, and auditability across its information technology (IT) organization, aiding the company in its business goal to establish a foundation for secure organizational IT change management and Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA compliance.

The MKS Integrity Solution(R) will be deployed to approximately 1300 developers, business and IT operations staff in Columbia, Maryland, Maryland Heights, Missouri, and Salt Lake City, Utah. MKS will provide Magellan's IT team with centralized project management controls, real-time collaboration across development locations, and increased security, auditability and traceability over all changes to Magellan's IT systems and software applications. Magellan is also a longstanding user of Implementer(R), MKS's leading change management solution for IBM iSeries. By standardizing on the full MKS solution, Magellan benefits from:
 - Centralized and improved change management visibility and control
 over iSeries and distributed development activity;
 - Improved development consistency through automated process and better
 cross-team communication and collaboration;
 - Greater accuracy and reproducibility of software;
 - Enhanced security for software assets and intellectual property; and
 - Improved ability to effectively manage change to clinical Web
 applications, as well as change to IT hardware and software across
 the entire organization.




"Developing, implementing, evaluating, and maintaining systems that allow Magellan to provide high levels of service to members, customers and providers is vital to our success. Further, compliance with the laws and regulations that govern our business and with contractual and accreditation requirements is critical," says Jeff Emerson, CIO Magellan Health Services. "Achieving and maintaining compliance requires active participation and coordination with our customers, providers and business associates. We selected MKS for its people and support just as much as for its technology, and are confident that the value MKS brings to our business and to our customers will allow us to continue this mutual commitment to excellence far into the future."

"Compliance is an issue that is dominating discussion in every industry and company, and we compliment Magellan's vision for compliance, and are pleased they have selected our enterprise SCM solution for the job. We are confident our technology will enable new levels of control, consistency and security within Magellan's IT organization, while at the same time, assisting them in achieving new levels of process automation and productivity," says Michael Harris, COO, MKS Inc.

About Magellan Health Services, Inc.

Headquartered in Farmington, Conn., Magellan Health Services, Inc. , is the country's leading managed behavioral health care organization. Its customers include health plans, corporations and government agencies.

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 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. 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 http://www.mks.com/, or by calling 1-800-265-2797 (US & Canada), +49-711-351775-0 (Germany), and +44-1483-733900 (United Kingdom).
 MKS, MKS Integrity Solution, Implementer and MKS Toolkit are registered
 trademarks of MKS Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this release are
 the property of their respective owners.



CONTACT: Media Contact: Alex Forbes, MKS Inc., Phone: (781) 359-3362, Email: aforbes@mks.com; To request a free copy of this organization's annual report, please go to http://www.newswire.ca/ and click on reports@cnw.
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