MKS Inc. has announced that it earned the highest score for its current product offering in an evaluation of requirements management tools by Forrester Research in "The Forrester Wave: Requirements Management, Q2 2008," report.
In the report, MKS received the highest score compared to all other products for its current offering in the categories of requirements analysis, reporting, security and solution architecture. MKS also received the highest scores in the evaluation for corporate strategy and revenue growth.
"In an upset, the three year-old requirements management capabilities in MKS's ALM solution turned in the highest current offering score in our evaluation" declares Forrester. "The product includes outstanding support for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel as requirements input mechanisms and superior support for requirements reuse (both core requirements management capabilities) in addition to great strength in security, workflow, and reporting (all typical capabilities of an ALM solution)."
In Forrester Research's 79-criteria evaluation, MKS's requirement management offering, MKS Integrity, went head-to-head against five standalone requirements management tools and three other application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions. Forrester states, "The strength of the MKS solution demonstrates the power of specific requirements management functionality built on top of an ALM platform."
With regards to standalone requirements management tools, Forrester advises organizations to "be aware that these tools on their own cannot improve application lifecycle management practices such as traceability, workflow, and reporting across the life cycle."
"We are proud to be named a strong performer in Forrester's evaluation. Earning the highest score for current offering reflects the success we are seeing in implementing requirements management for customers enterprise-wide, as either a standalone solution or as part of a full ALM implementation," said Philip C. Deck, chairman and CEO of MKS Inc.
MKS Integrity provides a next generation requirements management solution for organizations who are suffering with quality and time to market issues stemming from poor and ever changing requirements. MKS was the first vendor to build its requirements management offering as part of a single-repository ALM platform. While other vendors claim to have similar offerings, MKS is the only vendor to offer a unified ALM platform today.
A copy of the independent report is available at: http://www.mks.com/requirements_management_independent_evaluation.
MKS is the rapidly growing thought leader in application lifecycle management, which enables software engineering and IT organization 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.