I have a (pretty-well) installed Joomla website. I also installed SMF (simple machines forum). The two are operational, but they don't talk to each other.
The project goals will be completed when:
1. user can register for new account on the website
2. user can post to the SMF forum as well as created Joomla content
3. the user has the same login for 1 and 2 above
4. the databases are updated (synced) each time a user is created or logs on/off.
There are plugins (modules/components) for this Joomla-SMF integration. However, I can't make them work and I'm out of time.