How can I get a user's persona information in code when I am requesting the information not as the user but as someone else, e.g. a site administrator??

I have looked at how the Best Pattern match works in the Experience Profile but this process is very complicated, uses a crazy number of pipelines and does not provide a simple method to hook into.

Has anyone done something like this before?

Using Sitecore 8.1, ideally I would like to retrieve that values stored against the user. Not to worried about the best pattern/profile matched but you can get extra points for suggesting a solution to this.

  • 1) What Sitecore version are you on? 2) Do you need to get the best matching persona? Or the best matching pattern card? Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 11:52
  • more info added to question Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 14:15

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You can retrieve contact's behavioural information with the help of ContactRepository which is the recommended way to work with contact data in the situation you described (requesting information as not the website user).

    var repository = Factory.CreateObject("tracking/contactRepository", true) as ContactRepositoryBase;
    var contact = repository.LoadContactReadOnly(ID.NewID);

    foreach (IBehaviorProfileContext behaviorProfile in contact.BehaviorProfiles.Profiles)
        var profileScores = behaviorProfile.Scores;
        ID patternId = behaviorProfile.PatternId;
        //and other properties                

It returns contact data from xDB (MongoDB). Data representation in Contacts collection:

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Hope it helps.

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