The tipping point is still some ways off, but the process of diversifying New Orleans’ economy after decades of dependence on oil and gas, shipping and tourism may have reached a turning point in 2017 with the announcement that DXC Technology, a $25 billion global IT services firm, is planting a flag the city.

The eye-popping detail of the deal was the number of direct jobs promised — 2,000 over the next six years — with the average salary starting at $63,000 and going up to $73,000 as hiring continues. In making the announcement in November, the company said it will make its first 300 hires by the end of 2018. Jobs include software developers and engineers, and white collar project management and administration positions.

DXC Technology was formed in April 2017 with the merger of HP Enterprises, previously part of Hewlett Packard, and CSC, once known as Computer Sciences Corp…

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