Throughout the building automation "protocol wars" of the last decade, a revolution has been taking place in the networking and computing industries. The Internet and its associated protocols became the dominate driving force for technology in the '90s.
The underlying technology of the Internet is quite good from an academic and scientific viewpoint. But that's not what really contributed to the Internet's success. Internet technology is not that revolutionary. We put a man on the moon back in 1969. For decades people have had the ability to communicate with each other from anywhere in the world using common telephones. So what is it about the Internet that is so amazing? The answer is standards and protocols!