Hi all,

We have added couple of major features to master since 0.13.1 that warrants
a major release.

Within LinkedIn, some of these features have already been tested as part of
our test suites. We plan to continue our testing in coming weeks to
validate the stability prior to release.

We wanted to kick off the discussion in open source forum to keep the
momentum flowing.

Here is the list of features that are part of the new release

   - SAMZA-1510 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1510> - Samza
   - SAMZA-1417 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1417> - Add
   support for multistage batch to Samza on Hadoop
   - SAMZA-1438 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1438> - Event-hub
   connectors for Samza

We have also worked on stabilizing our 0.13 features. Here are some

   - SAMZA-1454 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1454>,
   SAMZA-1493 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1493> - Add
   support for durable state for high level API
   - SAMZA-1417 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1417>
   SAMZA-1330 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1330> SAMZA-1289
   <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1289> - Stabilization of
   ZooKeeper based deployment model
   - SAMZA-1471 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1471>,
   SAMZA-1392 <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1392>, SAMZA-1465
   <https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SAMZA-1465> - Performance

You can find the concrete list of the features here

Here is my proposal on our release schedule and timelines.

   1. Create a release candidate with the current 0.14.0 HEAD
   2. Target a release vote on the week Dec 4st



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