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We performed a comparison between HCL AppScan and SonarQube based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Application Security Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube report (Updated: September 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Their dashboard is really good, overall. In my opinion, it's one of the best in the market, and I say that because we have used other service providers.""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.""The main feature that I have found valuable is the solution's ability to find issues in static analysis. Additionally, there are plenty of useful tools.""You can easily integrate it with Azure DevOps. This is an added value because we work with Azure DevOps. Veracode is natively supported and we don't have to work with APIs.""The policy reporting for ensuring compliance with industry standards and regulations is pretty comprehensive, especially around PCI. If you do the static analysis, the dynamic analysis, and then a manual penetration test, it aggregates all of these results into one report. And then they create a PCI-specific report around it which helps to illustrate how the application adheres to different standards.""The Veracode technical support is very good. They are responsive and very knowledgeable.""The findings of their security analysis are wonderful. You can easily go through all the analyses done by Veracode. You can see what are the flaws and what could be the best possible resolution to minimize those flaws in the application. When an application is being used by the public, security is a challenge. Veracode helps us to analyze all the security flaws, discrepancies, and vulnerabilities inside the application. It provides good reports.""It is SaaS hosted. That makes it very convenient to use. There is no initial time needed to set up an application. Scanning is a matter of minutes. You just log in, create an application profile, associate a security configuration, and that's about it. It takes 10 minutes to start. The lack of initial lead time or initial overhead to get going is the primary advantage."

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"There's extensive functionality with custom rules and a custom knowledge base.""It was easy to set up.""The solution offers services in a few specific development languages.""The HCL AppScan turnaround time for Burp Suite or any new feature request is pretty good, and that is why we are sticking with the HCL.""It identifies all the URLs and domains on its own and then performs tests and provides the results.""The most valuable feature of HCL AppScan is scanning QR codes.""This is a stable solution.""AppScan is stable."

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"Using SonarQube benefits us because we are able to avoid the inclusion of malware in our applications.""I am only interested in the security features in SonarQube. There are plenty of features other features, such as test coverage, code anomalies, and pointer access are handled by the business logic teams. They get the reports and they have to fix them in JIRA or Bugzilla.""The most valuable feature of SonarQube I have found to be the configuration that has allowed us to can make adjusts to the demands of the code review. It gives a specified classification regarding the skill, prioritization, and it is easy for me to review and make my code.""There's plenty of documentation available to users.""It is a good deal compared to all other tools on the market.""SonarQube has a lot of value, it reviews the basic coding standards and security vulnerabilities of code that help to reduce issues.""I like that it covers most programming languages for source code review.""This solution has the capability to analyze source code in almost all the languages in the market."

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Cons
"Sometimes the scans are not done quickly, but the solutions that it provides are really good. The quality is high, but the analysis is not done extremely quickly.""Another problem we have is that, while it is integrated with single sign-on—we are using Okta—the user interface is not great. That's especially true for a permanent link of a report of a page. If you access it, it goes to the normal login page that has nothing that says "Log in with single sign-on," unlike other software as a service that we use. It's quite bothersome because it means that we have to go to the Okta dashboard, find the Veracode link, and log in through it. Only at that point can we go to the permanent link of the page we wanted to access.""I would ask Veracode to be a lot more engaged with the customer and set up live sessions where they force the customer to engage with Veracode's technical team. Veracode could show them a repo, how they should do things, this is what these results mean, here is a dashboard, here's the interpretation, here's where you find the results.""There is much to be desired of UI and user experience. The UI is very slow. With every click, it just takes a lot of time for the pages to load. We have seen this consistently since getting this solution. The UI and UX are very disjointed.""Scheduling can be a little difficult. For instance, if you set up recurring scheduled scans and a developer comes in and says, "Hey, I have this critical release that happened outside of our normal release patterns and they want you to scan it," we actually have to change our schedule configuration and that means we lose the recurring scheduling settings we had.""I think if they could improve the operations around accepted vulnerabilities, we would see improvements in our productivity.""The static analysis is prone to a lot of false positives. But that's how it is with most static analysis tools... Also, the static analysis can sometimes take a little while. The time that it takes to do a scan should be improved.""I've seen slightly better static analysis tools from other companies when it comes to speed and ease of use."

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"One thing which I think can be improved is the CI/CD Integration""Sometimes it doesn't work so well.""The dashboard, for AppScan or the Fortified fast tool, which we use needs to be improved.""The solution could improve by having a mobile version.""AppScan is too complicated and should be made more user-friendly.""We have experienced challenges when trying to integrate this solution with other products. When you compare it with the other SecOps products, the quality of the output is too low. It is not a new-age product. It is very outdated.""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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"Code security scanning could be improved.""Having performance regression would be a helpful add on or ability to be able to do during the scan.""The interface could be a little better and should be enhanced.""The software testing tool capability could improve. It does not always integrate well. You have to use a specific plugin and the plugin does not always go in Apple's applications.""For improvement, this solution could be offered on Docker and the cloud and the support for this solution could be improved. Customizing rules could also be made simpler.""If there was an official Docker image of SonarQube that could easily integrate into the pipeline would help the user to plug in and plug out and use it directly without any custom configuration. I am not sure if this is being offered already in an update but it would be very helpful.""We found a solution with dynamic testing, and are looking to find a solution that can be used for both types of testing.""I like that it has a better dashboard compared to Clockwork. It's also stable."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "Veracode is one of the more expensive solutions in the market, but it is worth the expense because of the eLearning and the security consultations; everything is included in the license."
  • "Licensing cost is on a yearly basis and there are no additional costs, the pricing is straightforward."
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  • "With the features, that they offer, and the support, they offer, AppScan pricing is on a higher level."
  • "Pricing was the main reason that we went ahead with this solution as they were the lowest in the market."
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  • "SonarQube is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "I am satisfied with the pricing."
  • "Can try developer version for 14 days on the free trial."
  • "It's a bit expensive for us. The currency rate of the dollar is a problem but it may be fine for other countries."
  • "I think comparing the product to competitors it should be less expensive."
  • "The development license cost is reasonable, and we've had no concerns about SonarQube when it comes to cost."
  • "We use the free version; there are no hidden costs or licensing required."
  • "We have a license with 125,000 lines of code. We did not purchase a lot of lines but it is specific to our code environment."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:SonarQube is easy to deploy and configure, and also integrates well with other tools to do quality code analysis… more »
    Top Answer:Veracode's technical support is great. They assigned us a TAM and once a week, we have a brief engagement with the TAM… more »
    Top Answer:Veracode recently introduced some pricing based on microservices. This model gives us a lot of flexibility in being able… more »
    Top Answer:We have experienced challenges when trying to integrate this solution with other products. When you compare it with the… more »
    Top Answer:This is a primarily application security testing solution.
    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:We researched Coverity, but in the end, we chose SonarQube. SonarQube is a tool for reviewing code quality and security… more »
    Top Answer:Snyk does a great job identifying and reducing vulnerabilities. This solution is fully automated and monitors 24/7 to… more »
    Comparisons
    Also Known As
    IBM Security AppScan, Rational AppScan, AppScan
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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.

    Offer
    Keep your software secure

    Application security starts with secure code. Find out more about the benefits of using Veracode to keep your software secure throughout the development lifecycle.

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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
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm31%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Insurance Company11%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Government21%
    Transportation Company14%
    Manufacturing Company14%
    Insurance Company14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Financial Services Firm21%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Insurance Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise49%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise67%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise73%
    Buyer's Guide
    HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    HCL AppScan is ranked 15th in Application Security Tools with 8 reviews while SonarQube is ranked 1st in Application Security Tools with 54 reviews. HCL AppScan is rated 6.6, while SonarQube is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of HCL AppScan writes "Improves application security, identifies gaps, and performs well". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SonarQube writes "Open-source, stable, and finds the problems for you and tells you where they are". HCL AppScan is most compared with Micro Focus Fortify on Demand, Checkmarx, Fortify WebInspect, Acunetix and OWASP Zap, whereas SonarQube is most compared with Checkmarx, Coverity, Snyk, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and Klocwork. See our HCL AppScan vs. SonarQube report.

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