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"We used it for performing security checks. We have many Java applications and Android applications. Essentially it was used for checking the security validations for compliance purposes.""Veracode is a valuable tool in our secure SDLC process.""Integrations into our developer's IDE (Greenlight) and the DevOps Pipeline SAST / SourceClear Integrations has particularly increased our time to market and confidence.""The source composition analysis component is great because it gives our developers some comfort in using new libraries.""Veracode's cloud-based approach, coupled with the appliance that lets us use Veracode to scan internal-only web applications, has provided a seamless, always-up-to-date application security scanning solution.""The reporting being highly accurate is pretty cool. I use another product and I was always looking for answers as to what line, which part of the code, was wrong, and what to do about it. Veracode seems to have a solid database to look things up and a website to look things up.""There are quite a few features that are very reliable, like the newly launched Veracode Pipelines Scan, which is pretty awesome. It supports the synchronous pipeline pretty well. We been using it out of the Jira plugin, and that is fantastic.""One of the features they have is Software Composition Analysis. When organizations use third-party, open source libraries with their application development, because they're open source they quite often have a lot of bugs. There are always patches coming out for those open source applications. You really have to stay on your toes and keep up with any third-party libraries that might be integrated into your application. Veracode's Software Composition Analysis scans those libraries and we find that very valuable."

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"It identifies all the URLs and domains on its own and then performs tests and provides the results.""There's extensive functionality with custom rules and a custom knowledge base.""The solution offers services in a few specific development languages."

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"The most valuable features are the dashboard reports and the ease of integrating it with Jenkins.""Engineers have also learned from the results and have improved themselves as engineers. This will help them with their careers.""The most valuable features are code scanning and Quality Gates.""The most valuable feature is the security hotspot feature that identifies where your code is prone to have security issues.""The most valuable features are the segregation containment and the suspension of product services.""Before you even compile, it can catch known vulnerability issues or patterns.""It is a very good tool for analysis despite its limitations.""There is a free version."

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"One of the things that we have from a reporting point of view, is that we would love to see a graphical report. If you look through a report for something that has come back from Veracode, it takes a whole lot of time to just go through all the pages of the code to figure out exactly what it says. We know certain areas don’t have the greatest security features but those are usually minor and we don’t want to see those types of notifications.""It needs better controls to include/exclude specific sections when creating a report that can be shared externally with customers and prospects.""Improve Mobile Application Dynamic Scanning DAST - .ipa and .apk""I think for us the biggest improvement would be to have an indicator when there's something wrong with a scan.""One feature I would like would be more selectivity in email alerts. While I like getting these, I would like to be able to be more granular in which ones I receive.""The triage indicator was kind of hard to find. It's a very small arrow and I had no idea it was there.""Sometimes, I get feedback from a developer saying, "They are scanning a Python code, but getting feedback around Java code." While the remediation and guidelines are there, improvement is still required, e.g., you won't get the exact guidelines, but you can get some sort of a high-level insights.""If Veracode was more diversified, as far as the number of platforms and the number of applications it could do in our favor, we would be using it even more. But there are a number of platforms it doesn't support. For example, I know they support C+, .NET, and Java, but there are certain platforms they don't support and that was disappointing."

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"One thing which I think can be improved is the CI/CD Integration""The solution often has a high number of false positives. It's an aspect they really need to improve upon.""They have to improve support."

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"Although it has Sonar built into it, it is still lacking. Customization features of identifying a particular attack still need to be worked on. To give you an example: if we want to scan and do a false positive analysis, those types of features are missing. If we want to rescan something from a particular point that is a feature that is also missing. It’s in our queue. That will hopefully save a lot of time.""The reporting can be improved.""In the next release, I would like to have notifications because now, it is a bit difficult. I think that's a feature which we could add there and it would benefit the users as well. For every full request, they should be able to see their bugs or vulnerability directly on the surface.""I would like to see improvements in defining the quality sets of rules and the quality to ensure code with low-performance does not end up in production.""Our developers have complained about the Quality Gates and the number of false positives that this product reports.""There are limitations to the free version that limit development options as far as languages.""If I configure a project in SonarQube, it generates a token. When we're compiling our code with SonarQube, we have to provide the token for security reasons. If IP-based connectivity is established with the solution, the project should automatically be populated without providing any additional token. It will be easy to provide just the IP address. It currently supports this functionality, but it makes a different branch in the project dashboard. From the configuration and dashboard point of view, it should have some transformations. There can be dashboard integration so that we can configure the dashboard for different purposes.""I am not very pleased with the technical debt computation."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"For the value we get out of it, coupled with the live defect review sessions, we find it an effective value for the money. We are a larger organization.""I don't really know about the pricing, but I'd say it's worth whatever Veracode is charging, because the solution is that good.""Veracode's price is high. I would like them to better optimize their pricing.""If I compare the pricing with other software tools, then it is quite competitive. Whatever the price is, they have always given us a good discount.""Veracode is expensive. Some of its products are expensive. I don't think it's way more expensive than its competitors. The dynamic is definitely worth it, as I think it's cheaper than the competitors. The static scan is a little bit more expensive, around 20 percent more expensive. The manual pen test is more expensive, but it is an expensive service because it's a manual pen test and we also do retests. I don't think it is way more expensive than the competitors, but it's about 15 to 20 percent more expensive.""We use this product per project rather than per developer... Your development model will really determine what the best fit is for you in terms of licensing, because of the project-based licensing. If you do a few projects, that's more attractive. If you have a large number of developers, that would also make the product a little more attractive.""The pricing is really fair compared to a lot of other tools on the market.""It is very reasonably priced compared to what we were paying our previous vendor. For the same price, we are getting much more value and reducing our AppSec costs from 40 to 50 percent."

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"I was using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge.""The developer edition is based on cost per lines of code.""We are using the open-source version, which is available free of cost.""There is both a free and licensed version. The free version has limitations on development languages and support.""For the Community edition, there is no extra cost. It's totally free. The Enterprise edition, Data Center edition, and Developer edition are the paid versions.""We are using the open-source community version, but there are enterprise licenses available.""SonarQube is an open-source product that can be used free of charge.""I am satisfied with the pricing."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It's comprehensive from a feature standpoint.
Top Answer: I would recommend them. They have the ability to cover multiple languages and come with all the features you would… more »
Top Answer: SonarQube depends on completely what you configure the Rules. You will have the option of the Profile creation and can… more »
Top Answer: The solution offers services in a few specific development languages.
Top Answer: They have to improve support. Their support before, when it was IBM, was very good technical support. However, now, it's… more »
Top Answer: We primarily use the solution for static analysis.
Top Answer: I am not very familiar with SonarQube and their solutions, so I can not answer. But if you are asking me about which… more »
Top Answer: I’ve always viewed sonarqube as a code quality tool that compliments many code security tools like a checkmarx. 
Top Answer: The reporting and the results are quick. It gets integrated within the pipeline well.
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Overview

Veracode covers all your Application Security needs in one solution through a combination of five analysis types; static analysis, dynamic analysis, software composition analysis, interactive application security testing, and penetration testing. Unlike on-premise solutions that are hard to scale and focused on finding rather than fixing, Veracode comprises a unique combination of SaaS technology and on-demand expertise that enables DevSecOps through integration with your pipeline, and empowers developers to find and fix security defects.

IBM Security AppScan enhances web application security and mobile application security, improves application security program management and strengthens regulatory compliance. By scanning your web and mobile applications prior to deployment, AppScan enables you to identify security vulnerabilities and generate reports and fix recommendations.

SonarQube is the leading tool for continuously inspecting Code Quality and Code Security, and guiding development teams during code reviews. SonarQube provides clear remediation guidance for 27 languages so developers can understand and fix issues, and so teams can deliver better and safer software. SonarQube integrates into your workflow to provide the right feedback at the right time: in-IDE with SonarLint, in pull requests, and in SonarQube itself. With over 225,000 deployments helping small development teams and global organizations, SonarQube provides the means for teams and companies around the world to own and impact their Code Quality and Code Security.

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Sample Customers
State of Missouri, Rekner
Essex Technology Group Inc., Cisco, West Virginia University, APIS IT
Bank of America, Siemens, Cognizant, Thales, Cisco, eBay
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm29%
Insurance Company10%
Computer Software Company10%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm10%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Government30%
Insurance Company20%
Financial Services Firm10%
Outsourcing Company10%
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Computer Software Company38%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company5%
Government5%
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Financial Services Firm23%
Computer Software Company18%
Insurance Company10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business23%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise52%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise29%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business13%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise75%
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Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise54%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise58%
Find out what your peers are saying about HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
511,307 professionals have used our research since 2012.

HCL AppScan is ranked 18th in Application Security with 3 reviews while SonarQube is ranked 1st in Application Security with 33 reviews. HCL AppScan is rated 7.0, while SonarQube is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "Allows for dynamic scanning but lacks easy CI/CD integration". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonarQube writes "This is a very capable analysis tool for development projects but the free version has limitations". HCL AppScan is most compared with Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Checkmarx, OWASP Zap, Fortify WebInspect and PortSwigger Burp Suite Professional, whereas SonarQube is most compared with Checkmarx, Coverity, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle, Micro Focus Fortify on Demand and CodeSonar. See our HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube report.

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