Use a Tableau URL action to link Tableau to SSRS, enabling users to click through from Tableau to SSRS. Passing parameters into the URL even allows the SSRS to filter with the same settings as the Tableau dashboard.
Create a button to link tableau to ssrs
To begin, create a dashboard and put whatever graphs, etc, you want on it.
Next, create a “button” for the dashboard. The URL Action will trigger from the “button” and take us to the SSRS report.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any button controls in Tableau, therefore, we will create a new worksheet to act as our “button”.
Create a calculated field to use as the hyperlink. This calculated field, called Hyperlink, is the simply the text ‘Click here to open SSRS’.
In a new worksheet put this Hyperlink field into the Text area.
Add this new “button” worksheet to your dashboard.
Then get the URL of your SSRS report.
Use a URL action to drill from Tableau to SSRS
Finally, create a URL action (Dashboard – Actions – Add Actions – URL).
Choose ‘Select’ where it says ‘Run action on:’.
Select is the same as ‘on click’.
Next, paste the SSRS URL into the URL space.
Make sure the only selected worksheet is the new “button” worksheet. We only want the “button” worksheet to take us to the SSRS report.
Click OK the URL action is complete. When you click the hyperlink text on your dashboard it will open up your SSRS report.
To finish format the text to make it look like a hyperlink; underline the text and colour it blue.
You can get even more sophisticated and pass URL parameters into your SSRS report.
Therefore, when you click the hyperlink, it takes you to the same data as selected in the Tableau dashboard.
This isn’t complicated, however, you will need a calculated field to construct the correct SSRS URL including parameters.
The MS website contains a brief guide on structuring the URLs to auto-filter the SSRS.