The main components of Glue42 Enterprise are Glue42 Desktop and the Glue42 Gateway. These two components can be packed together or deployed independently.
Glue42 Desktop is an Electron based app which offers APIs for:
- Loading the list of app configurations for the current user;
- Managing the apps life-cycle (starting/stopping apps);
- Hosting web apps in desktop windows;
- Sticking windows together;
- Advanced window management - Workspaces UI
- Saving and restoring layouts - Layouts
- Synchronizing cross-app data by publishing and subscribing for updates of data objects - Shared Contexts
- UI based on Shared Contexts - Channels
- Registering and invoking methods - Interop
Glue42 Desktop is highly customizable and many of its features can be enabled, disabled or re-configured.
- Local stores - definitions are read from folders on the machine that is running Glue42 Enterprise;
- Remote stores - definitions are fetched from a REST service;
- Glue42 Server stores - definitions are retrieved from a Glue42 Server;
To add an app to Glue42 Enterprise, you need to add it to an app store.
Glue42 Enterprise comes with a set of Connectors for integrating third-party apps (MS Office, Bloomberg, Salesforce, etc.) with Glue42 enabled apps. The Connectors expose functionalities provided by a specific third-party app, so that they can be re-used in Glue42 enabled apps.The Glue42 Excel Connector, for instance, allows apps to open an Excel sheet, populate it with data from the app and receive updates when the data in Excel is changed.
The Glue42 Notification Service handles notifications and delivers them to the end user via a notifications UI.
The Global Search performs global searches on all defined search providers and returns consolidated results to the user.
Extensive Metrics for tracking the user journey can be collected from all Glue42 enabled apps and published to a data center.
Glue42 Server is a server-side app that provides data to Glue42 (apps, Layouts, preferences) and allows monitoring and interacting with users running Glue42. It also includes an Admin UI that helps managing the data stored in the Glue42 Server easier.