Tampa Bay Business Journal: March 15, 2013

By: Sean O’Reilly

TAMPA – In this week’s Tampa Bay Business Journal segment, editor Alexis Muellner discusses why how the big deal about big data, the new winery restaurant in Tampa, and the Business Journal’s 2nd annual Social Madness competition.

A number of Tampa Bay area companies are ramping up efforts to ways to analyze the massive amounts of digital information various technologies can capture and categorize.

Catapult Systems, a Texas-based IT consulting company with an office in Tampa, is helping companies navigate so-called “big data”.

Shootrac is developing technology to photograph and tag tangible items, such as construction equipment, to feed into a database.

The West Shore business district is the hot district for new restaurants in Tampa.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened its first Florida location on West Boy Scout Boulevard on March 11. The company invested about $3.8 million to build the restaurant. The spot was chosen because of its proximity to office buildings, retail stores, hotels and other restaurants.

Tampa Bay Business Journal’s second annual Social Madness competition is underway.

Categories will be determined by size of collective social following rather than number of full-time employees. Any business can enter the 11-week competition at www.bizjournals.com/socialmadness.

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