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Healthlogistics HL-hybris platform now supported and developed by Sceneric

Best of breed NHS system improved by ecommerce specialists

Moving our platform management to Sceneric has improved its performance and stability as well as introducing a more agile project methodology for the new functionality that we are constantly developing for our NHS customers


Peter Elwin, Managing Director

Healthlogistics specialises exclusively in e-procurement solutions for the UK healthcare market. Based on world-class product content and eCommerce technology from hybris GmbH, Healthlogistics offers a service ranging from catalogue and contract data to order management and e-Invoicing.

HL-hybris is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that automatically translates data into the format required by each recipient, which in combination with outstanding data validation enables true supply chain integration.

19 NHS acute and acute Foundation Trusts have now adopted the HL-hybris eCat catalogue and contract management service. This delivers high quality, validated supplier data directly into each Trust’s purchasing and materials management systems, together with contract prices for each item.

In August 2010, Healthlogistics ( approached Sceneric to take over the development, maintenance and support of the HL-hybris platform in order to enhance its architecture and the quality and speed of delivery.

Sceneric employed its project management methodology and a team of hybris experts to investigate the platform and take ownership of the code base over an eight week period.

With the code base under Sceneric control, Sceneric employed best practice methodology to improve stability of the code including:

  • Source control including release management and code tagging
  • Continuous Integration with automated builds and code coverage ensuring all checked in code builds and is tested
  • Code refactoring to provide performance gains around validation and search indexing
  • Infrastructure monitoring with proactive management of performance.

In addition, Sceneric has made major improvements to the HL-hybris platform including:

  • Upgrading hybris to version 4.2.2
  • Upgrade and refactoring of Solr search to improve the ability to find items required
  • Development of new B2B eCommerce functionality including standard NHS messaging formats
  • A set of collaboration tools including a wiki, bug tracking and instant messaging to improve development.

Sceneric continues to provide services as the technical partner of Healthlogistics and with these changes in place, the HL-hybris platform will continue in its position as the most modern catalogue and eCommerce system available to the NHS.

By applying our best practice approach and a team of trained experts Sceneric has made measurable improvement to the HL-hybris platform. Sceneric is proud to have made a positive difference to the way the NHS procures supplies


Wai Lok Ip, Founding Director, Sceneric

About Sceneric

Sceneric is an eCommerce solutions provider that works closely with its customers to help them achieve leadership positions in their markets. We bring a combination of in depth industry knowledge, technical excellence and delivery expertise to support their operational objectives.

Founded in 2006, Sceneric works with industry leaders such as La Senza, Legal & General, B&Q, LOVEFiLM, Molton Brown, Stanley Gibbons, Simplyhealth, Friends Provident, Healthlogistics, Mouchel, mgmadvantage, amongst many others.


About hybris

hybris is a leading vendor of next generation agile multichannel commerce software. Its clear vision about the need for consistency, co-ordination and personalisation of information across all channels and throughout all phases of the customer lifecycle has resulted in the development of an integrated, agile solution which supports the industrialisation and automation of operational marketing and sales processes. It is spearheading innovation in this field, enabling businesses to communicate and sell across all channels in a consistent and effective way.

Established in 1997, hybris has a proven track record of profitability and growth, with ambitious expansion plans for the future. Headquartered in Munich, it has offices in the U.S., UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. Its international presence is extended via a dedicated network of business and technology partners across Europe and the USA. It has over 200 customers worldwide running more than 1,500 websites "powered by hybris". Customers are global brands from retail and manufacturing industries, including: Toys 'R' Us, Adidas, Pirelli, Conrad, Norgren, Lufthansa, Reebok, Grundfos, Demag, Sika, Bunzl UK & Ireland, Phonak, Waterstone’s and Rexel.


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