What is a plugin?
Plugins connect SquaredUp to your data sources. There are lots of plugins available and new plugins are made available regularly. New plugins can be added from Settings > Plugins with most plugins needing credentials like an API key, access token or other authentication methods. The articles listed here tell you how to get what you need to connect to SquaredUp.
Tip: Once you've entered everything you need to add the plugin you can choose to automatically create a workspace for the plugin. This is an easy way to see objects that come from the new plugin on an automatically created dashboard.
What happens when I add a plugin?
Most plugins will add the following to SquaredUp:
A data stream brings you data to answer a specific question like "What's the health state of the objects?", "What kind of alerts are coming from this plugin for my servers?", "What's the average memory usage of this app?"
The magic of data streams is that they standardize data from all the different shapes and formats your tools use into a straightforward tabular format. While creating a tile you can tweak data streams by grouping or aggregating specific columns. Depending on the kind of data, SquaredUp will automatically suggest how to visualize the result, for example as a table or line graph.
What are types?
Every object in SquaredUp has a type. Types are usually imported when you add a plugin as new data sources often bring new types of objects (like domain controllers, tickets, projects, alerts, incidents, etc.). You can also add custom types if you've imported data from a custom plugin to give those new objects nice looking types with an icon and the singular and plural forms of the type.
Sometimes plugin imports fail, perhaps due to permissions or changes in the source system. A red indicator next to Settings at the bottom of SquaredUp will let you know if a plugin has failed. On the Settings page any plugins that have failed are brought to the top of the list with a red indicator.
- More info will expand to show you more of the message about the issue.
View documentation will take you to the plugin article.
Report an issue will open an in-app chat window with support.