The change in IT hiring was illustrated this week by General Electric Co., which announced it is moving its headquarters from Fairfield County, Conn., to Boston. In doing so, Jeff Immelt, GE’s CEO, said Greater Boston is home to 55 colleges and universities, and “attracts a diverse, technologically fluent workforce.”

Four months prior, GE announced formation of a new business, GE Digital, a $6 billion unit with a goal of becoming “a top 10 software company by 2020,” said Immelt at the announcement. To help staff up for this initiative, GE is hiring technology workers capable of new product development.

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