Engineers like to use abstractions to simplify complex concepts – making detail-rich notions more palatable in the real world. Abstractions lower complexity and conserve our scarce brain power by allowing us to consider systems conceptually and not molecularly.

In business, abstractions are similarly useful. Business people deal with complex models incorporating lots of details – each of which is important both by itself and as part of the system as a whole. Using abstraction, businesses grasp and understand contextual meaning.

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