I’m a Data Center supervisor with over 30 years of IT experience. I grew up in this industry and have always had an interest in DR/BCP. My company doesn’t have a position for DR/BCP, but the responsibilities are split between the IT director for DR, and the business side for BCP. The director acts mostly as a coordinator between the DR teams and our hot-site vendor. He has no certifications, just his many years of IT experience. I expressed to him my interest of wanting to learn more about DR and offered my services as needed. I had hoped to act as his “assistant”, shadowing him and learning by observation. Initially, he accepted and we had several conversations regarding my interest and our mutual expectations. Long story made short – I’ve been pushed to the side and he can’t understand “what purpose I would serve” despite repeated conversations. I decided I must use my own initiative and not depend on him if this is what I want to pursue.
I’ve joined several groups, read DR/BCP blogs and forums, read industry publications, white papers, and view webinars. My ultimate goal is to receive certification(s) in DR/BCP while staying with my current employer. I hope to assume more DR responsibilities over time as I prove myself through initiative. I cannot afford the out-of-pocket expense of an off-site week-long course and test. My manager is very supportive and will approve the expense of online courses taken one or two at a time.
Can you please provide some guidance? Any input is appreciated.