If you go to Stickyminds.com and search on COE you will find a Star West 2003 presentation about how Capital One Financial has developed a Testing Center of Excellence (COE) that brought together disparate testing organizations to align their test processes and technical discipline.
The Centre-of-Excellence thing seems to be the hot new jargon CIOs are throwing around. Every one of our clients (we are a consulting company) seems to want this "new" thing. To me, this is just another resurrection of the competency centre paradigm. Basically, get a team together on a technology /skill and invest resources to create a skilled group. The idea is to leverage the spinoffs - skills/capabilities, models, exec logistics, training, methodology - across the rest of the organization. This is popular in companies who are structured around the Business Unit concept.
And no, MI is not the originator of this idea. They are just the loudest. They've been smart enough to incorporate a CoE concept to neatly dovetail with their product lines. Vendors frequently out some abstract concept like BTO or CoE and hawk their products in the ambit of that concept.
I couldn’t find any thing in the internet regarding CoE (the article in stickymind is not free) and after reading mercury whitepaper I still have no idea what is CoE. I know in theory what is it, how we can put into practice, How we can implement it?
it is the same as a competancy centre and Mercury are pulling a good trick with the integrated toolset; in the same way Compuware are trying with CARS and rational did with the RUP idea.
There are other free white papers out there and to be fair the few hundred dollars a power pass for stickyminds is more then worth it and through all the papers there will probably save you a lot on consultancy (why am i telling people this i am a consultant - cos it lets us get our teeth into the fun stuff). There are free papers and I am sure mercury even have one or two on thier site now as do other tool vendors, but it is the same as the competancy centres from 10-15 years ago.