Marmelab is a Digital Innovation Studio

We research & develop cutting edge technology, deliver awesomeness through agile methods and rapid application frameworks.

About Us
Innovation

Our definition of innovation: finding the sweet spot for a viable product in an ocean of uncertainty made of new technologies, new customer behaviors, and new business models.

Our lab helps startups and industry leaders to detect, design, and build new innovative digital products. We leverage creative methods inspired by Design Thinking, rapid prototyping iterations driven by Lean startup, and an obsession for progress metrics. You can only improve what you measure, right?

It's like your own private startup.

About Us
Innovation

Our definition of innovation: finding the sweet spot for a viable product in an ocean of uncertainty made of new technologies, new customer behaviors, and new business models.

Our lab helps startups and industry leaders to detect, design, and build new innovative digital products. We leverage creative methods inspired by Design Thinking, rapid prototyping iterations driven by Lean startup, and an obsession for progress metrics. You can only improve what you measure, right?

It's like your own private startup.

The WaterCola company sells soft drinks to retailers who, in turn, sell those drinks to final consumers. In order to stop the margin reduction spiral, WaterCola wants to sell its products directly to final consumers, using Internet as retail channel. But the products are heavy and the margins are low. So they decide to move the value to the packaging: consumers should be able to customize bottles using their own pictures, their own words, etc.

The idea for a new innovative product is born: a combination of business model, usage, and technology was identified as a viable opportunity. Now, what's the next step?


That's when marmelab arrives. We help WaterCola to identify the underlying product hypotheses. What is the average cart size? How much is the final consumer willing to pay for the best product? Can a 3D visualization improve the conversion rate? Is is worth spending money to build a social app to accelerate the engine of growth? And most important, how can WaterCola prioritize their requirements to maximize the value?


We also help WaterCola to refine their requirements by doing product design coaching, using creative and fun activities inspired by Design Thinking and Innovation Games.

Based on "Lean Startup", our method for managing innovative products encourages faster time-to-market, iterative releases, constant measurement, and ability to pivot. Does the product need to switch to a B2B model? Did early prototypes reveal an unexpected opportunity? Do mouth-to-ear work so well that the social app becomes irrelevant? No problem: we adapt to the new context within two weeks, spending time on what's really important to develop.

About Us
Development

Marmelab is also a workshop of skilled developers and architects. We take care of the complete development cycle, including design, planning, testing, and deployment. We emphasize quality and robustness, to match the requirements of our very demanding customers (security, performance, availability, maintainability).

Our development stack (React.js, Node.js, GraphQL, Symfony, PostgreSQL, NoSQL) supports incremental development, from prototyping to large software architectures, seamlessly.

We put value creation at the heart of the development process. We build products, not programs.

About Us
Development

Marmelab is also a workshop of skilled developers and architects. We take care of the complete development cycle, including design, planning, testing, and deployment. We emphasize quality and robustness, to match the requirements of our very demanding customers (security, performance, availability, maintainability).

Our development stack (React.js, Node.js, GraphQL, Symfony, PostgreSQL, NoSQL) supports incremental development, from prototyping to large software architectures, seamlessly.

We put value creation at the heart of the development process. We build products, not programs.

Once all major hypotheses are validated, the prototype must quickly evolve towards a full-featured product. The marmelab engineers use the same agile methods (SCRUM, Kanban, eXtreme Programming, TDD) and the same web development frameworks (React.js, Node.js, GraphQL, Symfony, PostgreSQL, NoSQL) for early prototypes and when the product grows to its target shape. It would be too bad to rewrite the prototype to make it pass WaterCola's IT department rules, right? Fortunately, all our development stack is compatible with industry standards (LDAP, corporate firewalls, REST services, etc.).


Marmelab dedicates an entire team of expert developers and architects to WaterCola. We work on iterations. One iteration lasts two weeks. Our development team counts 4 engineers, working for WaterCola from within Marmelab's offices. At the beginning of each iteration, WaterCola decides the features to be developed during the next two weeks, and Marmelab commits on delivering them. WaterCola fixed the engineering team size, and the number of iterations. Since we fix the price per day, there can't be any bad surprise concerning the project budget or planning!


Our engineers are used to the quality, availability, and security requirements of industry leaders. We build professional applications using state-of-the art technology (unit and functional tests, continuous integration, intrusion detection systems, stress tests, real-time monitoring dashboards). And concerning performance, the Marmelab experts have already managed web servers handling hundreds of thousands of simultaneous connections. No worries for WaterCola's TV ad campaign scheduled for the following week!


Finally, the Marmelab legal framework ensures both security and flexibility, for a more efficient collaboration. WaterCola owns the final software, makes all the business decisions, and can stop the service with a short notice.

About Us
Consulting

We have developed expertise in agile product management, microservices, API-centric architectures, real-time communication, and Single-Page applications. We use it to assist CTOs and startups both during the early steps of a major strategic move, as well as during "spikes" or technical explorations.

Marmelab cultivates a spirit of partnership ; our services range from hosting to support, including tech training and agile coaching.

About Us
Consulting

We have developed expertise in agile product management, microservices, API-centric architectures, real-time communication, and Single-Page applications. We use it to assist CTOs and startups both during the early steps of a major strategic move, as well as during "spikes" or technical explorations.

Marmelab cultivates a spirit of partnership ; our services range from hosting to support, including tech training and agile coaching.

When WaterCola needs more expertise, Marmelab starts a specific audit, or a coaching mission. We're always focused on improving the skills of our customers staff, whether in agile methods or in development frameworks. The marmelab team counts several well-known experts, developers of open-source libraries, and speakers at tech conferences. Maybe you've met them before at a user-group, or in Twitter?


If WaterCola needs advice on a good hosting company for the new web application, if they want to rethink their IT strategy to apply innovation techniques at all levels, if they look for an objective measurement of the website performance, Marmelab has them covered. We offer a large range of services beyond project management and development, and we often do consulting work on our customer's offices for a limited period of time.

We are makers

We build innovative digital products for corporate companies & startups

We love to share our knowledge, to find the best tool for the job in a pragmatic way, and to work together as a team. We’re small, so everyone is important. And we can always count on Palo IT, our partner, to help us on larger projects.

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Nancy
Caen
Dijon
Paris
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