Dear Customer:

As a Client Data System (CDS) user, you know that Ebix CRM (formerly E-Z Data) is committed to delivering solutions that set the industry standard for customer relationship, practice and agency management.

As part of that commitment, we developed SmartOffice, a Web-based successor to CDS, more than a decade ago. Since then, we have maintained CDS for those customers who did not wish to migrate to SmartOffice. However, given the maturity and overwhelming popularity of SmartOffice compared to CDS, we believe that dividing our resources in this way no longer serves our customers’ best interests.

For this reason, we ended official support for CDS on December 31, 2011, to devote 100% of our attention to SmartOffice.

We realize that you may have questions about this announcement. For answers, please refer to our list of Frequently Asked Questions .

As our flagship on-demand CRM product, SmartOffice incorporates the most valuable features of CDS. With tens of thousands of users depending on it every day, SmartOffice is an ideal solution for current CDS users.

For SmartOffice licensing and data conversion details and pricing, please contact the Ebix CRM Sales Department at (800) 777-9188.

Sincerely,

Ebix CRM

Client Data System Traning & Support

Welcome to the Client Data System Online Training and Support center! Here you will find resources for all of your training and support needs including:

  • Online Training Movies
  • Fast Classes
  • Live Web-Based Training
  • On-Site Training
  • Technical Support Contact Information
  • User Guides

New to CDS?

Find everything you need to get up and running with CDS quickly on the Getting Started with CDS page. Here you will find links to recommended training resources and tools designed to help you quickly and successfully begin using the most powerful CRM solution available.

Fast Class

Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and functionality and serve as a supplement to the Core Courses offered on this web site.

A comprehensive listing of all published Fast Classes appears on the Fast Class Page.

Welcome to the Client Data System family of users!

Soon you will be using the most advanced windows-based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution available. To make the process as easy as possible, we’ve assembled everything you will need to get started using this powerful application.

Orientation

In order to help you become familiar with the Client Data System (CDS) as quickly as possible, we’ve developed a series of online training courses that cover the essential elements of CDS and are offered free of charge. Get started now with CDS Orientation.

Continue training with the Core Courses

Once you have finished CDS Orientation, you are ready to move on to the Core Courses. The Core Courses cover everything you will need to know to service your clients and generate sales by identifying and developing prospects with the Client Data System.

CDS Core Courses:

Fast Classes

Every other week a new Fast Class movie will be published on the CDS Training and Support home page. Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and marketing ideas.

It all begins here! The first Client Data System training course, CDS Orientation, covers everything you will need to know to navigate through CDS 6 and begin using your system.

View the movies in the order presented then log in to the DEMO database in CDS 6 to practice the functionality presented in each lesson.

CDS Orientation
Lesson One: Getting Started »
5:49
Lesson Two: CDS Navigation »
4:39
Lesson Three: Searching for Contact Records »
7:29
Lesson Four: Working with Summary Spreadsheets »
6:02
Lesson Five: Summary Spreadsheet Customization »
8:19
Lesson Six: Exporting Summary Data »
2:12
After completing CDS Orientation, continue on to the next course: CDS Contact Management.
Let us know what you think!
Please take a moment to give us some feedback on CDS Orientation.

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Prospects or clients, contacts are the heart of your business. Capture, view, and update critical contact information with the tools covered in the Contact Management Course.

View the movies in the order presented then log in to the DEMO database in CDS 6 to practice the functionality presented in each lesson.

The CDS Contact Management Course
Lesson One: Viewing and Updating Contacts »
13:37
Lesson Two: Adding Contact Records »
10:00
Lesson Three: Contact Relationships »
11:12
Lesson Four: The SmartPad™ »
11:25
Lesson Five: Business Contacts »
14:02
After completing CDS Contact Management, continue on to the next course: CDS Activity Management.
Let us know what you think!
Please take a moment to give us some feedback on the CDS Contact Management Course

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Track contact related activities - phone calls, appointments, and projects - in the CDS Calendar. Timed and Untimed activities are also covered in the Activity Management Course.

View the movies in the order presented then log in to the DEMO database in CDS 6 to practice the functionality presented in each lesson.

The CDS Activity Management Course
Lesson One: Calendar Navigation »
11:10
Lesson Two: Creating a New Activity »
11:29
Lesson Three: Managing Activities »
4:54
Lesson Four: Tracked Activities »
10:46
Lesson Five: Activity Options »
6:40
After completing CDS Activity Management, continue on to the next course: CDS Contact Correspondence.
Let us know what you think!
Please take a moment to give us some feedback on the CDS Activity Management Course.

Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and functionality and serve as a supplement to the Core Courses offered on this web site. The following Fast Classes cover tools unique to the Client Data System Calendar.

Calendar Activity Reports

The Calendar in the Client Data System (CDS) is a very powerful tool that allows you to capture critical information for all of your appointments, meetings, and to-do items. Problem: you’re not always at your computer to check your schedule or verify availability. Solution: Printable Calendar Activity Reports that allow you to have your CDS Calendar at your fingertips when you need it! Runtime 6:58

Creating Recurring Activities

The enhanced Activity Recurrence tool in CDS 6 makes it easy to create CDS calendar entries for weekly staff meetings and monthly training sessions in just a few simple steps. Add multiple participants and the activities will be added automatically to the CDS Calendar of each invited participant. Runtime 7:07

Important Dates Posting

You’ve got hundreds (if not thousands) of critical dates in your Client Data System – Contact Birthdays, Policy Renewal Dates, Investment Maturity Dates – just to name a few. Put those dates to work for you with the Important Dates Posting tool. CDS will schedule reminders for virtually any date you’ve captured in your system, including dates captured in your dated custom fields.

Runtime 4:52
Launching CDS in Calendar View

You can launch CDS in any of the three calendar view options and see your daily, weekly or monthly schedule at login.
Runtime 2:51

Moving and Copying Activities with a Filter

You can save time by using filters in CDS 6 to move or copy a series of activities at one time..
Runtime 4:24

New Calendar Features in CDS 6

New features and enhancements have been added to the CDS Calendar that will make Activity Management more intuitive and efficient. Runtime 5:24

Prospect Follow-up with Mass Activity Creation

You’ve just conducted a successful seminar and a number of attendees have requested some additional information on retirement planning solutions. Let the CDS Mass Activity Creation tool help you schedule follow-up phone calls to capitalize on your interested prospects!

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

The Contact Correspondence course provides in-depth training on all aspects of the Client Data System correspondence tools.

Upon completion of the Contact Correspondence course, you will be able to:

  • Generate individual and mass correspondence for contact records entered in CDS
  • Save time by creating and using templates for individual contact correspondence
  • Create and send form letters
  • View correspondence history in the contact Letter Log

View the movies in the order presented then log in to the DEMO database in CDS 6 to practice the functionality presented in each lesson.

The CDS Contact Correspondence Course
Lesson One: Contact Correspondence Overview »
7:36
Lesson Two: Individual Contact Correspondence »
9:59
Lesson Three: Mass Correspondence »
5:41
Lesson Four: Form Letter Creation »
11:39
After completing CDS Contact Correspondence, continue on to the next course: CDS Data Mining.
Let us know what you think!
Please take a moment to give us some feedback on the CDS Contact Correspondence Course.

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and functionality and serve as a supplement to the Core Courses offered on this web site. The following Fast Classes cover tools unique to Client Data System Correspondence.

Creating a Template

Why start from scratch when writing personalized letters to your contacts? Save time by creating templates for individual contact correspondence. Runtime 11:26

E-Z Mail

One of your contacts has just sent you some critical information via e-mail and you need to get that posted to his SmartPad. No Problem! With E-Z Mail, you can post incoming and outgoing e-mails to contact SmartPad records in CDS. Note: Microsoft Outlook 2000 (or later version) or Lotus Notes R5 (or later version) must be installed before using E-Z Mail. Runtime 9:35

Label Creation

You’ve assembled an impressive list of contacts in CDS and now you want to make sure you connect with them during the Holiday season. Use the Avery © label templates included in CDS to quickly generate labels for Holiday correspondence - or any mass correspondence needs you may have throughout the year! Runtime 9:38

Label Export

Custom labels? No problem! After using the Avery© label templates included in CDS to generate labels for Holiday correspondence, you can export the formatted labels into Microsoft® Word. Once in Word, you can use the font formatting tools to customize font style, size, and color. Runtime 9:53

Microsoft® Outlook® E-mail Posting

Post Outlook e-mail messages to contact SmartPad records, send CDS form letters as e-mail messages, and send mass e-mails with the Client Data System E-mail Posting for Microsoft Outlook utility. Runtime 11:54

Run Time User Inputs

Your annual review letter is almost perfect. The one thing missing is a way to make unique additions to each mailing without having to create a brand new form letter each time. Run Time User Inputs allow you to make additions to each mailing, as you need them. Runtime 6:19

Working with Spouse Merge Codes

CDS gives you the ability maintain excellent client relationships by addressing contact correspondence in accordance with your client’s wishes. This Fast Class will demonstrate the different ways in which CDS merge codes will populate contact information for spouses and domestic partners. Runtime 7:03

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

The Data Mining course provides in-depth training on Client Data System tools that can be used to research, organize, and report on data captured in CDS. The concepts taught in this course will help you mine your valuable data to increase sales and customer service effectiveness.

Upon completion of the Data Mining course, you will be able to:

  • Mine your database for contacts, policies, positions, activities, etc. using criteria you define
  • Build and save filters that can be used in a variety of ways
  • Create sets of contacts that can be used to create mass activities and send mass mailings
  • Understand what makes a report “dynamic” and create your own Dynamic Reports to take custom snapshots of the data captured in your database
The CDS Activity Management Course
Lesson One: Data Mining Basics »
7:23
Lesson Two: Filter Creation »
7:53
Lesson Three: Building a Dynamic Report »
9:15
Lesson Four: Dynamic Report Data »
5:30
Let us know what you think!
Please take a moment to give us some feedback on the CDS Data Mining Course

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and functionality and serve as a supplement to the Core Courses offered on this web site. The following Fast Classes cover tools unique to CDS Filters, Sets, and Dynamic Reports.

Building Filters for the Half

(Filtering for age nearest birthday) Marketing age sensitive products can be tricky, especially if you need to search your database for prospects that will reach a specific age in the next six months. Filtering ‘for the half’ is a technique that allows you to find all contacts of a certain age – and a half! Runtime 9:14

Business Contact Report

You’re marketing a new group policy that’s ideal for small businesses with 10 employees or less. Let CDS help you quickly create a dynamic report identifying the primary contacts for your group policy prospects. Runtime 7:39

Dynamic Report Contest Winners

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the winners of the first CDS Dynamic Report Contest!

  • Grand Prize Winner: Jane Schilz
    Dynamic Report: New Potential Clients
  • Runner-Up: Denise Wahl
    Dynamic Report: Grandchildren for Insurance

  • Runtime 5:55
Dynamic Report Download

Now you can download dynamic reports, filters, and sample form letters featured in previous Fast Classes. This Fast Class will walk you through the simple process of downloading files from the Dynamic Report Download page in the Online CDS Training and Support Center and adding the files to CDS. Runtime 4:36

Dynamic Report Overview part I: Filters

This week's fast class begins a three part series that will review the process of mining data in CDS using Dynamic Reports. Part one reviews the process of filter creation.
Runtime 7:53

Dynamic Report Overview part II: Building Dynamic Reports

You've captured a tremendous amount of data in CDS. Now you need to identify prospects for new sales. Dynamic Reports enable you to capitalize on selling opportunities in your book of business by effectively mining data captured in CDS. Runtime 9:15

Dynamic Report Overview part III: Dynamic Report Data

CDS Dynamic Reports make it easy to develop and maintain contact relationships. This Fast Class demonstrates how simple it is to add contacts to a set, generate correspondence, and create activities using Dynamic Report Data.

Exporting Spreadsheet Data

The Client Data System (CDS) allows you to store an amazing amount of data for each of your contacts. From time to time, you may need to export some of that data to add it to a report or e-mail it to a client. Data from virtually any Summary view in CDS can easily be exported in a format that can be viewed in a number of different applications.

Filter and Set Combo Boxes

Filter and Set Combo Boxes can be used to mine contact data by combining set membership information and filter criteria in a contact summary screen.

IRA Contribution History

The holidays are just around the corner and after that…tax season! Now might be an ideal time to get clients thinking about making contributions to their IRA accounts. Let CDS help with a dynamic report that will identify clients who have already contributed, clients who have yet to contribute, and contributing clients who have room to contribute even more!

Filter and Set Combo Boxes

Filter and Set Combo Boxes can be used to mine contact data by combining set membership information and filter criteria in a contact summary screen.

Filter and Set Combo Boxes

Filter and Set Combo Boxes can be used to mine contact data by combining set membership information and filter criteria in a contact summary screen.

The following Dynamic Reports can be added to CDS. Simply download the appropriate .zip file, extract the contents, and follow the included instructions. For more information on the purpose of each report and for details on how the report was created, view the accompanying Fast Class.

For detailed instructions on downloading dynamic report files, view the Dynamic Report Download Fast Class.

All Contacts Turning 65 1/2 in the Next Six Months

This Dynamic Report includes a filter that will identify all contacts turning 65 and 1/2 years old in the next six months.

Business Contact Report

Identify all primary contacts for Business records.This report also includes a filter to identify all businesses with 10 employees or less. After the Dynamic Report has been added to CDS, the filter can be removed for a general business contact list.

IRA Contribution History

Identify contacts that have made contributions to their IRA accounts since 2000. This report can be used to analyze contribution patterns and identify clients that have not made a contribution in the current year. Sample IRA Contribution Reminder letters included in both E-Z Editor and Microsoft Word format.

Life Settlement Prospects

Identify potentially ideal life settlement prospects meeting the following criteria: Contacts 65 years old or older with an inforce life policy with a face value of $250,000 or greater. Sample Life Settlement Prospect letters included in both E-Z Editor and Microsoft Word format.

LTC Prospecting

Identify LTC prospects meeting the following criteria: Contacts between the ages of 40-55 with an income greater than $50,000 holding some form of life insurance but no LTC coverage. Sample LTC Prospect Approach letters included in both E-Z Editor and Microsoft Word format.

Policy Upselling

Two dynamic reports that will help you meet the changing needs of your clients by taking advantage of up-to-date contact income information capured in CDS.
Below Minimum Coverage dynamic report: Contacts with income $45K to $65K with less than $250,000 coverage.
Below Ideal Coverage dynamic report: Contacst with income $45K to $65K with less than $500,000 coverage.
Filter parameters for both reports can be adjusted at run-time. Sample approach letter included.

Time Log Based Fee Report

Calculate fees for time spent with a selected client. Fee calculation based on time and hourly rate information captured in the Time Log Information screen. The Time Log Based Fee Report Fast Class includes a brief demonstration of the CDS Time Log.

Mandatory IRA Distributions (2005)

IRA account holders will need to take mandatory distributions beginning the year they turn 70 1/2. This report will identify all IRA account holders turning 70 1/2 years old in 2005. Sample IRA Mandatory Distribution Reminder letters included in both E-Z Editor and Microsoft Word format.

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

The Activity Tracking Module

This course demonstrates how the Activity Tracking Module prompts CDS users to enter activity outcome information when an activity is marked as completed in the CDS Calendar. In addition, the Activity Tracking Module can be used to reschedule missed or postponed appointments.

The Activity Tracking Module tracks all actions and subsequent activities of a completed activity such as calls placed, appointments scheduled, and sales made.

Activity Tracking Module Course Companion (printable version)

The Course Companion of the Activity Tracking Module course covers the highlights of the Activity Tracking Module course in printable .pdf format.

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Group Benefits Module

The following tutorial covers the basic functionality of the Group Benefits Module (GBM) including:

  • Viewing employee data on the Group Census tab.
  • Reviewing all policies and plans linked to a business record in CDS.
  • Viewing specific plan benefit information including different tiers of coverage within plans.
  • Crystal reports unique to the Group Benefits module.
Group Benefits Module User Guide

The user guide for the GBM demonstrates the proper procedure for adding group policies in CDS. The GBM user guide also details how different plans within a policy can be created. The GBM user guide also has a useful index defining all of the unique tabs and fields in the Group Benefits Module

The following tutorials provide training on the basic functionality of the Investment Tracking Module (ITM).

Investment Tracking Overview

The overview covers ITM navigation, searching for positions, veiwing a contact's holdings, reviewing transaction history, posting a transaction, and running reports.

Setting Up and Using the ITM

Before positions can be entered for contacts in CDS, a security must exist in the Security Master. The following tutorials will guide you through the process of setting up the Security Master, updating prices, and creating individual positions.

Investment Tracking Module Sample Reports

Having consolidated financial statements and reports at your fingertips can significantly ease the often complex process of investment tracking.  View sample client statements and financial reports by downloading the Investment Tracking Module Sample Reports below.

DST FAN Mail

After your securities are setup in the Security Master, the following tutorials will help you setup your Transaction Download Module (TDM) for reading and updating data downloaded from DST FAN Mail. Learn how to download and check your data for errors to ensure the integrity of your financial data.

Morningstar Advisor Workstation or Principia Pro Interface

This interface is a utility that allows for an export of data from the CDS database to an XML file that will be read by Morningstar's Advisor Workstation or Principia Pro software.

Variable Annuities Tutorials

Tracking variable annuities in CDS involves creating sub-account information in the Security Master for each VA before VA positions can be created for contacts. The following tutorials demonstrate adding VA data to the Security Master, creating master records, adding VA position, and entering VA transfer.

Investment Portfolio Tutorials

The investment positions of multiple contacts can be tracked using the Portfolio tool in CDS. Portfolios can be created in order to track the performance of a group of investment positions or to combine reporting on a families holdings. The following tutorials demonstrate how to create and use Portfolios in CDS.

Investment Course Fast Class
Investment Report Disclaimers

In the constantly changing world of investment products and regulations, CDS makes it possible for you to keep investment report disclaimers current, offering your clients (and your business) up to date protection. Runtime 4:06

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Outlook® E-mail Posting

The Outlook® E-mail Posting utility makes it easy to post incoming and out-going e-mail correpsondence directly to a contact SmartPad™.

Outlook® Synchronization

Synchronize your contacts and activities in CDS with Microsoft® Outlook®

The Policy / Pending Case Management course covers everything you need to know in order to enter, organize, and track insurance product and individual policy information in CDS. Lessons two and three offer specific training on the optional Pending Case Management module which allows you to track policy information through multiple ‘pending’ stages before a policy becomes inforce and active.

Upon completion of the Policy / Pending Case Management course, you will be able to:

  • Create Vendor and product records
  • Create underwriting guidelines 
  • Specify age and face bandings 
  • Copy risk classes across products 
  • Add underwriters and home office reps to the system 
  • View pending cases 
  • Add a pending case 
  • Understand automatic guideline and activity creation 
  • Produce policy reports 
Lesson One – Setting Up Insurance

Lesson one covers the first step of policy tracking in CDS. Learn to enter vendor information, then product information for each product offered by specific vendors including risk classes and underwriting information.
Runtime 10:50

Lesson Two – Underwriting Guidelines

In lesson two, you will see how to set up and add underwriting guidelines including defining age and face bandings. This lesson will also demonstrate how to copy risk classes from one product to another and introduce the Pending Case Management module.
Runtime 12:18

Lesson Three – Adding a Pending Case

Lesson three will demonstrate how the Pending Case Management module can be used to view the status and remaining requirements of existing pending cases and how to enter a new pending case. In addition, lesson three demonstrates how follow-up activities can be created along with new pending case information. Lesson three also includes a brief overview of policy and pending case reports available in CDS.
Runtime 10:32

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Every other week a new Fast Class movie will be published on the Client Data System Training and Support home page . Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and functionality and serve as a supplement to the Core Courses offered on this web site. A comprehensive listing of all previously published Fast Classes appears below.

Client File
Adding a Contact Picture

CDS 6 gives you the ability to add pictures of your contacts to contact records.
Runtime 5:21

Attaching Files to the SmartPad

Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, scanned images, documents in .PDF file format – virtually any file you can save on your computer or network can be added to a Contact’s SmartPad.
Runtime 4:45

Changing Area Codes

When an area code change happens, hundreds of phone numbers captured in CDS can be affected. The Area Code Change tool makes it possible to quickly change area codes in CDS in a few simple steps!
Runtime 4:37

Contact Extract and Load

You need to streamline all of your CDS contacts into one database. The CDS Transfer feature makes it easy to transfer multiple contact records from one CDS database to another.*
Runtime 7:17

*Whenever possible, Ebix CRM recommends storing all contact data in one database.
Contact Reports

Need to take a printed snapshot of a contact’s critical information – address, phone numbers, key relationships, dependent information, policy benefits, and investment positions? The Contact Reports feature of CDS allows you to quickly generate a Crystal Report with important contact information.
Runtime 4:41

Creating Key Relationship Definitions

CDS has a number of Key Relationship definitions available so that you can effectively link the contact records of family members, friends, and business associates. But if you can’t find just the right relationship in the system definitions, you can create your own!
Runtime 5:12

Data Export

Uh-oh. You’ve turned to a mail house to help with a mass mailing to all of your prospects and now you need to provide them with an Excel file containing all the names and addresses. How difficult is this going to be? Do not fear! The Import/Export utility can easily export data out of CDS in a format that can be opened by a number of different applications, including Microsoft Excel.
Runtime 7:57

Data Import

If time is money, the CDS Import/Export utility can save you a bundle! This weeks Fast Class edition demonstrates how the Import/Export utility can be used to create contact records from data stored in a comma separated value (.csv) file in a few simple steps.
Runtime 9:28

Deleted Contact Restoration

Use the CDS Administrator utility to restore deleted Contact, Business, and Advisor records.
Runtime 5:27

Defining Custom Fields

The variety of data you can capture with the Client Data System (CDS) is immense. But you may need to capture data that is unique to the way you interact with your contacts. If you need to track which of your contacts own a home or rent, when a contact attended one of your seminars, or who likes to Golf – view this Fast Class to learn how you can use the Custom Fields in CDS to meet your unique needs.
Runtime 4:41

Dependent Contact Promotion

Dependents can easily grow into prospects and even clients. SmartOffice makes it easy to track your contacts as their needs change. Learn how to promote your dependent records to full contact records with a simple click of a button.
Runtime 5:05

HIPAA Compliance Features

This Fast Class edition will demonstrate the HIPAA workflow that you can use to help you ensure that HIPAA protected insurance products, individual contacts, and letters are correctly identified in CDS 6.
Runtime 8:54

Importing Group Census Data

You’ve got hundreds of contacts to enter into the Group Census of a business record in CDS. You can spend all day adding the contacts by hand, or you can import the contacts directly into the Group Census of the business record using the Import Census Names tool.
Runtime 6:47

Integration with Profiles+™ Professional

Let the built in integration tools in CDS help you leverage contact data captured in CDS and the financial planning tools of Profiles+™ Professional. This Fast Class demonstrates how easy it is to export contact data from CDS – including investment, policy, and dependent data – directly into Profiles+™ Professional.
Runtime 7:56

Keyboard Shortcuts

Let CDS keyboard shortcuts save you time when performing frequent tasks such as adding SmartPad records, creating Calendar Activities, and sending e-mail messages.
Runtime 4:19

Keyboard Shortcuts

Let CDS keyboard shortcuts save you time when performing frequent tasks such as adding SmartPad records, creating Calendar Activities, and sending e-mail messages.
Runtime 4:19

Laser App Integration

Let CDS and the Laser App Integration Module help you save time by quickly populating Laser App forms with data captured in CDS*.
Runtime 5:44

*Laser App and the CDS Laser App Integration Module both purchased separately.
Managing Duplicate Contacts

CDS has built in tools to help you easily eliminate duplicate contacts. The Potential Duplicate Contacts report and the Merge Contact tool will help you maintain data integrity and keep CDS working at peak efficiency.
Runtime 5:55

Mass Modifying Data

You've been working with a group of prospects that have recently become clients and need the change reflected in their contact records. With the Mass Modify tool, you can change the data in the same field for a number of records at one time.
Runtime 4:42

Outlook® Synchronization

The new Outlook® Synchronization utility in CDS 6 makes it easy to synchronize your CDS contacts, activities, and SmartPad™ notes with Microsoft® Outlook®.
Runtime 14:30

Policy Upselling

Capturing up-to-date contact information in CDS is vital to ensuring that the insurance needs of your contacts are met as their lives change. The dynamic reports featured in this Fast Class will help you meet the changing needs of your clients by taking advantage of up-to-date contact income information.
Runtime 9:20

Startup Module Selection

Get started faster. Select a startup module to view calendar items, policies, investments, or pending cases immediately when you login to CDS.
Runtime 3:03

System Filters

Ever get a partial message to return a phone call with just a phone number and a first name? With CDS System Filters, you can search for contacts based on phone number, zip/postal code, email address, policy numbers, and family Income.
Runtime 6:07

Things Done Report

One of the many useful resources in CDS, the Things Done Report will track added, modified, and deleted records by user in CDS. In addition, the Things Done Report is a useful tool for preparing a database for maintenance such as the Database Rebuild.
Runtime 3:56

Uploading a Document

Attach files such as Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, scanned images, and documents in .PDF file format to any Contact Record, SmartPad, or Policy in CDS.
Runtime 6:05

Advanced Client File Fast Classes
Mining Data in Custom Fields

Learn how to create filters to mine data captured on the Custom Fields tab.

Recommended pre-requisite – Defining Custom Fields Fast Class Runtime 5:05

Activity List Options

Want a quick way to view a list of all the activities in your office? The Activity List tool makes it easy to view a well-defined list of activities - such as all the scheduled phone calls from last week, or important appointments from a specific user. View activities organized by date range, activity type, timed or untimed activities, priority level, and more!
Runtime 4:04

Activity Reports

The Calendar in the Client Data System (CDS) is a very powerful tool that allows you to capture critical information for all of your appointments, meetings, and to-do items. Problem: you’re not always at your computer to check your schedule or verify availability. Solution: Printable Calendar Activity Reports that allow you to have your CDS Calendar at your fingertips when you need it!
Runtime 7:06

Creating Recurring Activities

The enhanced Activity Recurrence tool in CDS 6 makes it easy to create CDS calendar entries for weekly staff meetings and monthly training sessions in just a few simple steps. Add multiple participants and the activities will be added automatically to the CDS Calendar of each invited participant.
Runtime 7:07

Important Dates Posting

You’ve got hundreds (if not thousands) of critical dates in your Client Data System – Contact Birthdays, Policy Renewal Dates, Investment Maturity Dates – just to name a few. Put those dates to work for you with the Important Dates Posting tool. CDS will schedule reminders for virtually any date you’ve captured in your system, including dates captured in your dated custom fields.
Runtime 6:02

Launching CDS in Calendar View

You can launch CDS in any of the three calendar view options and see your daily, weekly or monthly schedule at login.
Runtime 2:51

Moving and Copying Activities with a Filter

You can save time by using filters in CDS 6 to move or copy a series of activities at one time..
Runtime 4:24

New Calendar Features in CDS 6

New features and enhancements have been added to the CDS Calendar that will make Activity Management more intuitive and efficient.
Runtime 5:24

Prospect Follow-up with Mass Activity Creation

You’ve just conducted a successful seminar and a number of attendees have requested some additional information on retirement planning solutions. Let the CDS Mass Activity Creation tool help you schedule follow-up phone calls to capitalize on your interested prospects!
Runtime 6:40

Viewing Another User's Calendar

Need to schedule a meeting for two or more users? In this lesson, learn how to view the activities of other users in your CDS database.
Runtime 4:29

Creating a Template

Why start from scratch when writing personalized letters to your contacts? Save time by creating templates for individual contact correspondence.
Runtime 11:26

E-Z Mail

One of your contacts has just sent you some critical information via e-mail and you need to get that posted to his SmartPad. No Problem! With E-Z Mail, you can post incoming and outgoing e-mails to contact SmartPad records in CDS.

Note: Microsoft Outlook 2000 (or later version) or Lotus Notes R5 (or later version) must be installed before using E-Z Mail.
Runtime 9:35

Creating Labels

You’ve assembled an impressive list of contacts in CDS and now you want to make sure you connect with them during the Holiday season. Use the Avery© label templates included in CDS to quickly generate labels for Holiday correspondence - or any mass correspondence needs you may have throughout the year!

Note: Microsoft Outlook 2000 (or later version) or Lotus Notes R5 (or later version) must be installed before using E-Z Mail.
Runtime 4:05

Custom Labels

Make quick work of your holiday greeting card label printing! CDS comes with a variety of pre-formatted Avery© label templates to help speed the creation of holiday greeting card labels.
Runtime 6:19

Exporting Labels

After using the Avery © label templates included in CDS to generate labels for Holiday correspondence, you can export the formatted labels into Microsoft Word. Once in Word, you can use the font formatting tools to further customize font style, size, and color.
Runtime 7:40

Microsoft® Outlook® E-mail Posting

Post Outlook e-mail messages to contact SmartPad records, send CDS form letters as e-mail messages, and send mass e-mails with the Client Data System E-mail Posting for Microsoft Outlook utility.
Runtime 11:54

Runtime User Inputs

Your annual review letter is almost perfect. The one thing missing is a way to make unique additions to each mailing without having to create a brand new form letter each time. Runtime User Inputs allow you to make additions to each mailing, as you need them.
Runtime 6:33

Working with Spouse Merge Codes

CDS gives you the ability maintain excellent client relationships by addressing contact correspondence in accordance with your client’s wishes. This Fast Class will demonstrate the different ways in which CDS merge codes will populate contact information for spouses and domestic partners.
Runtime 7:35

Adding Contacts to a Set

Need to add new clients to your list of monthly newsletter recipients? Or how about add new invitees to your golf group? No problem! In this fast class, learn the different ways contacts can be added to existing sets in CDS.
Runtime 3:30

Building Filters for the Half
(Filtering for age nearest birthday)

Marketing age sensitive products can be tricky, especially if you need to search your database for prospects that will reach a specific age in the next six months. Filtering ‘for the half’ is a technique that allows you to find all contacts of a certain age – and a half!
Runtime 9:14

Business Contact Report
(Filtering for age nearest birthday)

You’re marketing a new group policy that’s ideal for small businesses with 10 employees or less. Let CDS help you quickly create a dynamic report identifying the primary contacts for your group policy prospects.
Runtime 5:50

Dynamic Report Contest Winners

Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to the winners of the first CDS Dynamic Report Contest!

  • Grand Prize Winner: Jane Schilz
    Dynamic Report: New Potential Clients
  • Runner-Up: Denise Wahl
    Dynamic Report: Grandchildren for Insurance

Runtime 5:55

Dynamic Report Download

Now you can download dynamic reports, filters, and sample form letters featured in previous Fast Classes. This Fast Class will walk you through the simple process of downloading files from the Dynamic Report Download page in the Online CDS Training and Support Center and adding the files to CDS.

Runtime 6:06

Dynamic Report Overview part I: Filters

This week's fast class begins a three part series that will review the process of mining data in CDS using Dynamic Reports. Part one reviews the process of filter creation.

Runtime 7:53

Dynamic Report Overview part II: Building Dynamic Reports

You've captured a tremendous amount of data in CDS. Now you need to identify prospects for new sales. Dynamic Reports enable you to capitalize on selling opportunities in your book of business by effectively mining data captured in CDS.

Runtime 9:15

Dynamic Report Overview part III: Dynamic Report Data

CDS Dynamic Reports make it easy to develop and maintain contact relationships. This Fast Class demonstrates how simple it is to add contacts to a set, generate correspondence, and create activities using Dynamic Report Data.

Runtime 5:30

Exporting Spreadsheet Data

The Client Data System (CDS) allows you to store an amazing amount of data for each of your contacts. From time to time, you may need to export some of that data to add it to a report or e-mail it to a client. Data from virtually any Summary view in CDS can easily be exported in a format that can be viewed in a number of different applications.

Runtime 7:08

Filter and Set Combo Boxes

Filter and Set Combo Boxes can be used to mine contact data by combining set membership information and filter criteria in a contact list screen.

Runtime 3:38

IRA Contribution History

The holidays are just around the corner and after that…tax season! Now might be an ideal time to get clients thinking about making contributions to their IRA accounts. Let CDS help with a dynamic report that will identify clients who have already contributed, clients who have yet to contribute, and contributing clients who have room to contribute even more!

Runtime 10:12

LTC Prospecting

Research indicates that some of the ideal candidates for LTC products are life insurance policyholders between 40 and 55 years old. CDS can help you identify these potentially ideal candidates with a filtered dynamic report.

Runtime 11:36

Mandatory IRA Distributions

Rather than comb through summary lists trying to find individuals who will need to take mandatory IRA deductions in the coming year (the cross section of contacts turning 70 ½ who hold IRAs), let CDS do the work for you! This Fast Class will demonstrate one way to create a Dynamic Report that will find all individuals turning 70 ½ during the current year that hold some form of IRA security.

Runtime 11:57

Mining Data in Custom Fields

You may need to track information unique to your business that is not tracked in CDS by default. Custom tracking enables a user to save and look up specialized business and contact information.

Runtime 7:54

Ten Year Term Renewals

Policy renewal dates can sneak up on your clients, especially with ten-year (or longer) term policies. CDS can help you remind your clients of policy expiration dates in time for them to make important decisions regarding policy renewal or conversion. This Fast Class will demonstrate one way to create a Dynamic Report that will find all ten-year term policies with a renewal date in the next 60 days.

Runtime 8:03

Time Log Based Fee Report

Time can be money with the Time Log Based Fee Report! The CDS time log makes it easy to track time spent meeting the needs of your clients. This Fast Class demonstrates how to turn time log data into a dynamic report that will calculate a fee based on an hourly rate.

Runtime 9:49

Creating an Investment Graph

Need to print a detailed pie chart that displays your client's assets? Learn how to create an investment graph using the Investment Report Setup utility in CDS.

Runtime 5:10

Investment Report Disclaimers

In the constantly changing world of investment products and regulations, CDS makes it possible for you to keep investment report disclaimers current, offering your clients (and your business) up to date protection.

Runtime 4:15

Investment Report Options

The Investment Report Setup utility offers several different options for running investment reports. Sort an investment report by asset class, add a disclaimer, or create a pie chart representation of a client's assets and more!

Runtime 7:52

Control File Update
  • Control files generally expire each year at the end of November. In mid-October, the Ebix CRM Admin Team begins sending out links to E-Z Renewal to all users of CDS 3.0 or higher. Users of earlier versions of CDS will receive updated control files with new expiration dates via email.
  • When new licenses are purchased, control files can be updated using https://register.ez-data.com . Contact the Ebix CRM sales team for more information.
  • On rare occasions, control files can become corrupted. In the case of a corrupt control file, the Admin Team can send out a replacement control file to resolve the issue.
Creating a CDS Shortcut

Everyone likes a good shortcut. This Fast Class will demonstrate how to create a shortcut for CDS on the Windows desktop that will automatically enter the Database Name and User Name into the CDS login screen, saving time whenever you need to login to CDS.

Runtime 5:57

Database Backup

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to prevent losing your data after a system failure or other event is to have a reliable and consistent method for backing up your CDS data on secure media. It is also essential to create a secure backup before upgrading CDS or your operating system.

Runtime 6:06

Database Rebuild

Just like your car needs regular oil changes to keep the engine running smoothly, CDS needs maintenance too, to ensure that the database is running at peak efficiency. This week’s Fast Class demonstrates one very important component of the recommended CDS maintenance routine - the Database Rebuild.

Runtime 4:37

Data Validation

CDS allows you to track contact age, policy renewal date, and investment value information. The Data Validation tool will ensure that these and other important values are accurate and up-to-date.

Runtime 3:03

Server Migration

You've just retired your old server computer and need to transfer your CDS Server folder to a new server computer. In this lesson, learn the steps of copying and pasting the CDS Server folder from an old server computer to a new one.

Runtime 11:24

Maintaining the Database Cache

A fast database increases office productivity. And there is an easy way to ensure that CDS is running fast! The database cache is a useful utility that keeps track of recently viewed data cutting down on the time it takes for CDS to load data views. Running S.I.R.(Synchronize/Initialize/Re-index) maintenance ensures that the database cache is functioning at optimal efficiency. S.I.R. can also be run when data views seem out of sync or to clear up C-tree errors, should any occur.

Runtime 3:52

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Every other week a new Fast Class movie will be published on the Client Data System Training and Support home page . Fast Classes spotlight advanced tools and functionality and serve as a supplement to the Core Courses offered on this web site. A comprehensive listing by date of all previously published CDS Fast Classes appears below. 

Volume 157: Activity Reports
Published March 11, 2009
Volume 156: Runtime User Inputs

Published February 26, 2009
Volume 155: Contact Reports

Published February 11, 2009
Volume 154: Creating a CDS Shortcut

Published January 28, 2009
Volume 153: Creating Key Relationship Definitions

Published January 14, 2009
Volume 152: Data Validation

Published December 30, 2008
Volume 151: Things Done Report

Published December 17, 2008
Volume 150: Custom Labels

Published December 3, 2008
Volume 149: Creating Labels

Published November 19, 2008
Volume 148: Changing Area Codes

Published November 4, 2008
Volume 147: Defining Custom Fields

Published October 22, 2008
Volume 146: Maintaining the Database Cache

Published October 8, 2008
Volume 145: Database Rebuild

Published September 23, 2008
Volume 144: Database Backup

Published September 10, 2008
Volume 143: Life Settlement Prospects

Published August 27, 2008
Volume 142: Mining Data in Custom Fields

Published August 13, 2008
Volume 141: Mass Modifying Data

Published July 29, 2008
Volume 140: Creating an Investment Graph

Published July 15, 2008
Volume 139: Investment Report Options

Published July 2, 2008
Volume 138: IRA Contribution History
Published June 17, 2008
Volume 137: Time Log Based Fee Report

Published June 3, 2008
Volume 136: Server Migration

Published May 20, 2008
Volume 135: Deleted Contact Restoration

Published May 6, 2008
Volume 134: Activity List Options

Published April 22, 2008
Volume 133: Viewing Another User's Calendar

Published April 4, 2008
Volume 132: Adding Contacts to a Set

Published March 21, 2008
Volume 131: Uploading a Document

Published March 7, 2008
Volume 130: Investment Report Disclaimers

Published February 22, 2008
Volume 129: Activity Reports

Published February 8, 2008
Volume 128: Runtime User Inputs

Published January 25, 2008
Volume 127: Contact Reports

Published January 11, 2008
Volume 126: Creating a CDS Shortcut

Published December 28, 2007
Volume 125: Creating Key Relationship Definitions

Published December 14, 2007
Volume 124: Custom Labels

Published November 30, 2007
Volume 123: Creating Labels

Published November 16, 2007
Volume 122: S.I.R. Maintenance

Published November 2, 2007
Volume 121: Data Validation

Published October 19, 2007
Volume 120: Things Done Report

Published October 5, 2007
Volume 119: Defining Custom Fields

Published Septemeber 21, 2007
Volume 118: Changing Area Codes

Published Septemeber 7, 2007
Volume 117: Filter & Set Combo Boxes

Published August 24, 2007
Volume 116: Creating a Template

Published August 10, 2007
Volume 115: Prospect Follow-up with Mass Activity Creation

Published July 27, 2007
Volume 114: Startup Module Selection
Published July 13, 2007
Volume 113: Contact Extract and Load

Published June 29, 2007
Volume 112: Working with Spouse Merge Codes

Published June 15, 2007
Volume 111: Dependent Contact Promotion

Published June 1, 2007
Volume 110: Business Contact Report

Published May 18, 2007
Volume 109: Attaching Files to the SmartPad

Published May 4, 2007
Volume 108: System Filters
Published April 20, 2007
Volume 107: Consolidated SmartPad
Published April 6, 2007
Volume 106: Policy Upselling
Published March 23, 2007
Volume 105: Keyboard Shortcuts
Published March 9, 2007
Volume 104: LTC Prospecting

Published February 23, 2007
Volume 103: Dynamic Report Download

Published February 9, 2007
Volume 102: Managing Duplicate Contacts
Published January 26, 2007
Volume 101: Database Rebuild
Published January 12, 2007
Volume 100: Database Backup
Published December 29, 2006
Volume 99: Mandatory IRA Distributions

Published December 15, 2006
Volume 98: Exporting Labels
Published December 1, 2006
Volume 97: Custom Labels

Published November 17, 2006
Volume 96: Creating Labels

Published November 3, 2006
Volume 95: Important Dates Posting

Published October 20, 2006
Volume 94: Ten Year Term Renewals
Published October 6, 2006
Volume 93: E-Z Renewal: Updating Your License
Published September 22, 2006
Volume 92: Data Export
Published September 8, 2006
Volume 91: Data Import
Published August 25, 2006
Volume 90: Prospect Follow-up with Mass Activity Creation
Published August 11, 2006
Volume 89: Creating a Template
Published July 28, 2006
Volume 88: Dynamic Report Overview part III: Data
Published July 14, 2006
Volume 87: Dynamic Report Overview part II: Dynamic Reports
Published June 30, 2006
Volume 86: Dynamic Report Overview part I: Filters
Published June 16, 2006
Volume 85: Adding a Contact Picture
Published June 2, 2006
Volume 84: Moving and Copying Activities
Published May 19, 2006
Volume 83: New Calendar Features in CDS 6
Published May 5, 2006
Volume 82: CDS Administrator
Published April 7, 2006
Volume 81: Creating a Contact Phone List
Published February 24, 2006
Volume 80: Microsoft® Outlook® E-mail Posting
Published February 10, 2006
Volume 79: Security Enhancements in CDS 6
Published January 27, 2006
Volume 78:Creating Recurring Activities

Published January 13, 2006
Volume 77: Outlook® Synchronization

Published December 30, 2005
Volume 76: HIPAA Compliance Features
Published December 16, 2005
Volume 75: New Features in CDS 6
Published December 2, 2005
Volume 74: Exporting Labels
Published November 18, 2005
Volume 73: Creating Labels
Published November 4, 2005
Volume 72: Control File Update with E-Z Renewal
Published October 21, 2005
Volume 71: Introducing CDS Version 6
Published October 7, 2005
Volume 70: Database Rebuild
Published September 23, 2005
Volume 69: Database Backup
Published September 9, 2005
Volume 68: Managing Duplicate Contacts

Published August 26, 2005
Volume 67: Dynamic Report Contest Winners
Published August 12, 2005
Volume 66: Integration with Profiles+™ Professional

Published July 29, 2005
Volume 65: Working with Spouse Merge Codes
Published July 15, 2005
Volume 64: Changing Area Codes
Published July 1, 2005
Volume 63: Dynamic Report Contest
Published June 17, 2005
Volume 62: Contact Dump and Load
Published June 3, 2005
Volume 61:Keyboard Shortcuts
Published May 20, 2005
Volume 60: Policy Upselling
Published May 6, 2005
Volume 59: New Features in CDS Version 4.3

Published April 22, 2005
Volume 58: Dynamic Report Download
Published April 8, 2005
Volume 57: Life Settlement Prospects
Published March 25, 2005
Volume 56: Laser App Integration
Published March 11, 2005
Volume 55: Time Log Based Fee Report
Published February 25, 2005
Volume 54: Business Contact Report
Published February 11, 2005
Volume 53: Prospect Follow-up with Mass Activity Creation

Published January 28, 2005
Volume 52: Investment Report Disclaimers
Published January 14, 2005
Volume 51: System Filters
Published December 30, 2004
Volume 50: LTC Prospecting
Published December 17, 2004
Volume 49: Exporting Labels
Published December 3, 2004
Volume 48: Creating Labels
Published November 19, 2004
Volume 47: Creating a 'Smart' Shortcut
Published November 5, 2004
Volume 46: Control File Update
Published October 22, 2004
Volume 45: IRA Contribution History
Published October 8, 2004
Volume 44: Ten Year Term Renewals

Published September 24, 2004
Volume 43: Mandatory IRA Distributions
Published September 10, 2004
Volume 42: Building Filters for the Half
(Filtering for age nearest birthday)
Published August 27, 2004
Volume 41: E-Z Mail
Published August 13, 2004
Volume 40: Data Export

Published July 30, 2004
Volume 39: Data Import
Published July 16, 2004
Volume 38: S.I.R. Maintenance
Published July 2, 2004
Volume 37: Database Rebuild
Published June 18, 2004
Volume 36: Data Validation
Published June 4, 2004
Volume 35: Database Backup
Published May 21, 2004
Volume 34: Things Done Report
Published May 7, 2004
Volume 33: Recurring Activities

Published April 23, 2004
Volume 32: Creating Key Relationship Definitions
Published April 9, 2004
Volume 31: Consolidated SmartPad
Published March 26, 2004
Volume 30: Importing Group Census Records
Published March 12, 2004
Volume 29: Filter and Set Combo Boxes
Published February 27, 2004
Volume 28: Attaching Files to the SmartPad
Published February 13, 2004
Volume 27: Launching CDS in Calendar View
Published January 30, 2004
Volume 26: Calendar Activity Reports
Published January 16, 2004
Volume 25: Contact Reports
Published January 2, 2004
Volume 24: Run Time User Inputs
Published December 19, 2003
Volume 23: Exporting Labels
Published December 5, 2003
Volume 22: Creating Labels
Published November 21, 2003
Volume 21: Defining Custom Fields
Published November 11, 2003
Volume 20: Spreadsheet Data Export
Published October 24, 2003
Volume 19: Important Dates Posting
Published October 13, 2003
Volume 18: Mass Activity Creation
Published September 19, 2003

E-Z News Archives

Before the Fast Class, helpful hints and functionality specific training was delivered via E-Z News. A comprehensive listing by date of all published editions of E-Z News appears below.

Volume 17: Filter and Sort
Published August 22, 2003
Volume 16: Customize Your View in CDS
Published May 20, 2003
Volume 15: Database Maintenance
Published April 4, 2003
Volume 14: Back Up Your Data
Published January 10, 2003
Volume 13: Creating Letter Templates in MS-Word
Published December 13, 2002
Volume 12: Creating Letter Templates
Published November 18, 2002
Volume 11: Keyboard Shortcuts
Published April 10, 2002
Volume 10: Customizing Field Choices
Published February 1, 2002
Volume 9: Labels and Mass Mailing
Published January 25, 2002
Volume 8: Policy Summary Setup
Published November 12, 2001
Volume 7: Recurring Activities
Published November 7, 2001
Volume 6: Logging In Made E-Z
Published October 12, 2001
Volume 5: Storing Illustrations
Published September 26, 2001
Volume 4: The Clever Calendar (Automatic Calendar Activities)
Published August 8, 2001
Volume 3: How to Liquidate a Position
Published July 13, 2001
Volume 2: Smart tips for the SmartPad
Published June 22, 2001
Volume 1: Displaying your Calendar Automatically
Published June 7, 2001

Live web-based training is a cost-effective, personalized training solution that combines the benefits of interacting with an Ebix CRM instructor with the convenience of the internet. Web-based training sessions are generally used as a supplement to on-site training and often involve module-specific or advanced functionality training. Typically, these sessions last one hour and allow for Q & A following the presentation. The fee for this type of session is $200. For more information or to schedule a session, contact Marlon Urias, Training Coordinator at (626) 585-3515 ext. 7312 or marlon@ez-data.com .

An Ebix CRM trainer can be sent to your location to conduct a group training session for your staff members. The advantage of this type of training is that all team members can be trained at one time and can benefit from the collaboration and one-on-one interaction that naturally occurs in this type of environment. Because the training takes place in a training room or computer lab, the staff members are free from their daily distractions (e.g., phone calls, e-mails, etc.) and can completely focus on the materials presented. For more information and pricing, contact Marlon Urias, Training Coordinator at (626) 585-3515 ext. 7312 or marlon@ez-data.com .

Ebix CRM (formerly E-Z Data) ended official support for CDS on December 31, 2011. For more information please read the Important Announcement for CDS Customers . If you have a question regarding CDS functionality, we recommend that you look at the list of training movies and Fast Classes as a resource.

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

The following training resources have been designed to help you set up the Client Data System and perform periodic maintenance to ensure that CDS is performing at peak efficiency.
We recommend the following maintenance schedule for optimum CDS performance and safety:

Use the links in the recommended maintenance schedule above to view Fast Classes detailing how to perform each maintenance routine.
All available Maintenance and Setup Fast Classes are listed in detail below with included links to the Fast Classes and printable versions in .pdf format.

Updating your CDS License
  • Control files generally expire each year at the end of November. In mid-October, the Ebix CRM Admin Team begins sending out links to E-Z Renewal to all users of CDS 3.0 or higher. Users of earlier versions of CDS will receive updated control files with new expiration dates via email.
  • When new licenses are purchased, control files can be updated using https://register.ez-data.com . Contact the Ebix CRM sales team for more information.
  • On rare occasions, control files can become corrupted. In the case of a corrupt control file, the Admin Team can send out a replacement control file to resolve the issue.

For versions of CDS earlier than 3.0:

Creating a 'Smart' Shortcut

Everyone likes a good shortcut and this Fast Class edition will demonstrate how to create a ‘smart’ one! A smart shortcut for CDS on the Windows desktop will automatically enter the database name and user name into the CDS login screen, saving you time whenever you need to login to CDS.
Runtime 5:53

Database Backup

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The best way to prevent losing your data after a system failure or other event is to have a reliable and consistent method for backing up your CDS data on secure media. It is also essential to create a secure backup before upgrading CDS or your operating system..
Runtime 6:06

Database Rebuild

A database rebuild will help maintain the integrity of the indexes in a database. It is recommend that a database rebuild be performed on a monthly basis or after importing or converting large amounts of data. Since a database rebuild is a fairly involved process that can take a few hours to run, it may be advantageous to schedule a monthly database rebuild after hours or on a weekend when no users will need to log in to CDS.
Runtime 4:37

Data Validation

CDS allows you to track contact age, policy renewal date, and investment value information. The Data Validation tool will ensure that these and other important values are accurate and up-to-date.
Runtime 3:03

S.I.R. Maintenance

A fast database increases office productivity. And there is an easy way to ensure that CDS is running fast! The database cache is a useful utility that keeps track of recently viewed data cutting down on the time it takes for CDS to load data views. Running S.I.R. maintenance ensures that the database cache is functioning at optimal efficiency. S.I.R. can also be run when data views seem out of sync or to clear up C-tree errors, should any occur.
Runtime 3:52

Zip Code Update Tables

The ZipUpdate.zip file contains two files that will update the Zip Code table in CDS. To update the Zip Code table:

  • Ensure that all users have logged out of CDS.
  • Download the ZipUpdate.zip file.
  • Unzip the file and open the ZipUpdate folder.
  • Copy and paste the ZipCodes.dat and the ZipCodes.idx files into the Sysdata folder.
  • Run a Complete Data Validation and select all Data Validation Options, including the Fix Address using Zip Table option.

Note: The Sysdata folder is located in the CDSWin.svr folder (network CDS installations) or the CDSWIN folder (single user CDS installations)

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

Installation guides are available in .PDF file format and can be viewed with Adobe Reader®. If you do not have Adobe Reader® installed on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking on the link in the Additional Resources section of this page

CDS Version 6
CDS Version 4.3
CDS Version 4.2
CDS Version 4.1.2
CDS Version 4.1.1

Official support for Client Data System ended on December 31, 2011. The support information below remains available as a courtesy to CDS users.

User guides are available in .PDF file format and can be viewed with Adobe Reader®. If you do not have Adobe Reader® installed on your computer, you can download it for free by clicking on the link in the Additional Resources section of this page.

Base System
Microsoft® Outlook® Integration
Modules Commission Tracking
E-Z Mobile
Laser App Integration
Mobile Merge
Policy and Pending Case Management
Profiles+ Integration
CDS 6 Australian Version
Vista Compatibility
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