Being a manufacturer is tough during changing times. For almost 50 years, help has traditionally been at hand in the form of a multiplicity of manufacturing information technology solutions, yet the past decade has seen a newcomer enter the fray that has sought to undermine and reject much of this assistance. The author is talking about lean manufacturing. The way ahead is to recognize that modern manufacturing IT now has the capabilities to deliver the visibility and control in order for the lean philosophy to be pursued toward its ultimate objective -- making only what the customer ordered, when the customer wants it. It's time for the misplaced antagonism between some lean adherents and the manufacturing IT community to come to an end. The reality is that both have much to offer the US manufacturing sector, and instead of focusing on the differences between the approaches, manufacturers should be looking at the potential that exists in making both work together.