SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Open Networking Summit -- Vinod Khosla, a former Sun Micrososystems founder and Managing Partner at Khosla Ventures, dusted off a presentation from the optical bubble-era days of 2000. His message: We still don't have engineering right.
As he did in 2000, Khosla made many references to the Cathedral and the Bazaar, a book by Eric Raymond detailing radically different ways to approach engineering. Khosla said the technology industry, and networking specialists need to "reegineer engineering" to adapt to a faster paced world.
The Chief Information Officer, said Khosla, faces many problems, such as lack of skilled labor, legacy technology, real-time change, operating expenses and capital expenses. The current system is flawed, says Khosla, because it should be focused on a way to design entire systems that adapt and manage themselves.
"We can no longer design things not to fail," said Khosla. "We have to design things in small steps, instead of avoiding failure."
The example Khosla gave was the human body. "We you cut off your finger you don't fail, you adapt."