James B. Cole, 2014 Honoree

Senior vice president and CIO
First National Bank of Omaha
Omaha, Neb.
A recent great deal from a vendor:
In negotiation with a software provider, I acknowledged their need to make a profit, told them to reduce their price by $1 million and we would have a deal. We signed the next day.
Coolest current project:
A hackathon. My CISO hates the name but likes the objective.
A recent innovative staff idea:
My security team brought a biometric solution to me that is going to change the way our customer-facing staff members do their jobs.
How do you evaluate emerging technologies?
Partner with providers to get it in the lab and then get the business involved right away to ensure adoption.
How have you surprised your CEO in recent months?
At a demo of our new mobile app, I slid an iPhone with a cover from his favorite college team to him and asked him to retire his flip phone.
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