Michelle Forister

Senior Licensing Executive

Michelle Forister, SHIMichelle Forister is a Senior Licensing Executive in the Software and Licensing department at SHI. She’s been with SHI for 20 years, and in that time has developed a deep understanding of Microsoft contracts, programs, and product licensing. In her current role, Michelle consults clients on leveraging various software contract options to maximize savings and maintain compliance. She helps customers spend less time working through licensing terms and conditions, freeing them up to utilize their licensed software.

Michelle has earned a number of licensing certifications, including:

  • MCP 070-121 Designing and Providing Microsoft Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations
  • MCP 070-122 Designing and Providing Microsoft Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations
  • MCP 070-123 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Software Asset Management (SAM) Program

When she’s not in the office, Michelle is cheering on her favorite teams, the New Jersey Devils and the New York Giants.

Email Michelle at Michelle_Forister@SHI.com or reach out to her on Twitter at @MForister.

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