Toptal published and illustrated a lengthy article I wrote on what I call Adminimisation, that is, automating away the boring and routine tasks involved in running a web service. Useful if you program admin dashboards which you or your staff regularly grapple with.).
Adminimisation: Tips for Building Great Admin Dashboards
How to build a robust administrative area that'll help you automate away the boring and routine tasks involved in running a web site
The original piece is part of my Confessions of an Unintentional CTO book, which is currently available to read for free online.
Tips, shortcuts and revisions to the original method
Presented in the form of 10 axioms
7 Factors To Consider When Choosing How To Manage Your Web App's Credentials and Configuration Options