Big data analytics: achievements, challenges, and research trends

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Andre Coelho Vaz Henriques
Fernando de Souza Meirelles
Maria Alexandra Viegas Cortez da Cunha

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Big data applications combined with analytical tools foster prediction techniques that impact societal, economic, and political changes. After almost a decade of studies, this paper proposes to identify major debates on big data analytics, presenting its evolution over the past years and identifying its research tendencies. We limited our research to the top eight journals in information systems. Our findings suggest that big data analytics is apparently reaching a plateau, which might be confirmed by publications in the following years. The paper contributes to the current debate on big data by identifying ongoing studies in the research community. In addition, it provides a critical analysis of the field development, from its perceived benefits to its unimagined consequences. Finally, we conclude that other perspectives on big data analytics might include a new wave of studies and that new paths beyond productivity gains can be explored.

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Andre Coelho Vaz Henriques, Fundacao Getulio Vargas

Andre Coelho Vaz Henriques is currently a PhD student in Business Administration at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. He holds a master's degree (2012) and a bachelor's degree (2005) in Administration, both from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. In 2012 he joined the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and his research interests include big data analytics, smart cities, and public computing.

Fernando de Souza Meirelles, Fundacao Getulio Vargas

Fernando de Souza Meirelles is a PhD in Business Administration by School of Business Administration of Fundacao Getulio Vargas, holds a master's degree in Engineering Management by Stanford University, and is graduated in mechanical engineering by Maua Engineering School. He is currently an associate professor at School of Business Administration of Fundacao Getulio Vargas. His main areas of interest are: information technology management, applied information technology, planning and strategic alignment, and use of technology in education.

Maria Alexandra Viegas Cortez da Cunha, Fundacao Getulio Vargas

Maria Alexandra Viegas Cortez da Cunha is a PhD in Business Administration by University of Sao Paulo (2000) and holds a master's degree in Business Administration by Fundacao Getulio Vargas (1994). She holds a bachelor's degree in Administration (1987) and computing (1982), both from Federal University of Parana. She is currently an associate professor at the School of Business Administration of Fundacao Getulio Vargas. Her research interests are: smart cities, e-government, public computing, information society, public administration and information technology management.

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