add a /release directory with settings.xml and all necessary variable changes to make a release candidate and to deploy.
It may be as simple as adding your personal GPG information to the `~/.m2/settings.xml` file. and running a script like above. Spark and Flink have examples which could be overkill:
I would also propose that we consider a Makefile for our builds or cmake, as we are moving closer to python and .cpp modules. Could be useful, we should at least consider it.