I like using RailsAdmin for basic UI. To calculate certain business stats I implemented various methods on my models (for example Customer model can have total_orders method). Then in my rails_admin.rb initializer I can do this:
So now I see the list of customers with column showing total orders for each one. But this is not the best way to query database. If I were writing a custom report I would use a join to send it all to DB in one request. The approach above fires a separate query for each customer. So it’s getting slower with more and more customers. Fortunately this data does not change too often (the example above is not what I actually have) so it’s OK to cache it. With Rails low-level caching I can cache contents of each method call for a period of time in Redis or Memcached.
But when I started implementing caching I had a LOT of methods like this being called from RailsAdmin so it was hard to tell which ones were causing the UI to slow down. So I used rack-mini-profiler. It shows you lots of data points but I was particularly interested in DB queries. I would load each page and see which method calls occurred how many times and caused how many queries (some were ran hundreds of times).
I would then add Rails.cache.fetch inside the method and reload the page twice. The first one it would execute the queries and store data in cache but 2nd reload would fetch data from cache. Rack-mini-profiler would show me how fast the page loaded now and which queries were no longer executed. Then I just repeated the process on other methdos and models.
I can’t say this is a perfect solution but it really helped me speed up out admin UI. I use this UI myself quite a lot and I was getting tired of waiting for pages to load.