Magento vs. Hybris

Magento dominates the market of small and medium scale eCommerce businesses, and have started to make place in the enterprise world. The success of Hybris and Magento lies in its flexibility and efficient pricing. We will now discuss why Magento Enterprise has overruled Hybris and how it can become a challenge to other software providers.

Hybris and Magento Enterprise Edition both are open sourced proprietary solutions. Magento EE is based on standard PHP language, and Hybris is based on Java language. But Magento EE is not completely an open source, instead it is a commercial open source.

Need of Training

Any new developer will be familiar about PHP or Java. So they only need to understand the development framework. In case of Hybris, it uses Hibernate or Spring frameworks that are taught at the university level, so it takes very less time for a developer to be formally trained in Hybris. This is not the case of Magento, as it has no standard framework. The commonly known one is Zend, and this make is difficult for a new developer to work for a Magento project and be productive without proper training.

Coupling Issues

As compared to Java, PHP does not have separation of layers. This makes the front-end of Magento tightly coupled to the back-end business logic. Thus in case of any change made to the front or back-end will impact on the other. In case of Java, you get complete separation between the front-end and back-end business logic. In that case you can readily lower the cost with Hybris, which is not possible in case of Magento as you need to consider end-to-end impacts of customized platform.


Hybris provides a comprehensive set of tools, which is not the case of Magento, where you have to find extensions and tools to have proper content management, customer service, and order management. This means one needs a lot of customizations and integrations, which becomes more complex and risky. Even the business tools used for managing the multiple catalogs are weak. Also PHP is not a suited language for integrations as compared to Java.

Limitations in Magento

Magento is not used in case of cross-channel enterprise deployments. The extensions are used to address functional limitations of the website, and not the shortcomings in order management, customer service, and content management etc. It is also difficult to find good extensions to provide extra capabilities in your website, and so you'll have to use custom extensions developed by your Magento developer, making the overall website dependent on your developer. Magento also has poor documentation mainly in case of third party development, thus making it a lot more costly to upgrade Magento. Magento partners do not follow strict coding standards were creating problem in case of transfer. Lack of proper development methodologies and use of custom build solution creates problem in case of transfer of development ownership. There is a lot of concern related to scalability and performance in Magento.

Hybris implementations are supported by Hybris themselves and require partners to be highly credible to be allowed to implement. Also, Hybris has properly defined customization approach and is well documented.

Advantages of Using Magento

Magento has more than 6,000 free and paid extensions that will enhance the capability of the software. Lots of developers trust it for being backed by eBay and since it has more than 200 industry and solution partners, and is still continuing to establish a large reach. The catalog management in Magento is less sophisticated eCommerce framework thus making the creation of multi-currency, multi-language, and multi-site stores easily possible. Magento requires low level of investment to skill up and start working, not only this it also provides support to the entry level partners to skill up and get certification before they start implementing.

Magento Ownership

Even the businesses that use enterprise solution have chosen Magento because of its lower ownership cost and quicker implementation. Businesses are showing satisfaction towards Magento.

It is said that Magento will bring some striking changes in Magento 2, which might include separated front-end and back-end features. Will have to wait and watch for that, till then it is Hybris that rules!!

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