Wang Global's new greater China managing director Andrew Tang can say he has seen it all in his business. When he started in the information technology (IT) industry two decades ago, he worked as a programmer and salesman. 'I worked through the fire and rain, so I know what the problems are,' Mr Tang said. He is charged with overseeing the regional restructure of Wang Global, which was formed after the recent merger of Wang Laboratories and Olsy - the computer services unit of Italian computer maker Olivetti. Mr Tang is a 15-year veteran of Olsy, where his most recent title was Far East region managing director. In his new role, he will manage the sales, marketing and operations of Wang Global in the SAR, mainland and Taiwan. He also will oversee the consolidation of three offices in Hong Kong - those of Wang, Olsy and Asian Electronics, which Wang bought in August. 'We will need to streamline our operations and need good, qualified people who can provide good, professional services,' he said. Wang Global is a network and desktop integration services company that installs, operates, and maintains computing and telecommunications networks. Some people will remember it in its previous incarnation as a maker of proprietary mini-computer systems which had its heyday in the 1980s. It fell into bankruptcy in 1992 after the popularity of open-systems computing dried up its market. Wang has since sold its hardware business, reorganised, and gradually built up its services portfolio. The purchase of Olsy more than doubled the size of Wang, which intends to spend up to US$380 million over the next two to three years to integrate the unit. Mr Tang's task will be to restructure regional operations, while bearing in mind the fact that the industry is under constant change. He said the IT sector's ever-changing nature was its most attractive aspect. 'It's moving very fast . . . but because IT changes so fast, that makes the whole economy change.'