I'm trying to think of a formal word or phrase that I can use to substitute this line at the beginning of a sentence: "Fast forward to today, ...". For context:

At its onset, the industry had little in terms of standardized rules and metrics. ______________, progress towards a more unified regulatory framework has made much headway.

"Fast forward to today" seems to be a great fit for flow, but it is not of the writing persona deemed suitable for my writing. What formal equivalents should I consider?

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    What's wrong with using just today? I don't understand the necessity of the fast forward to part. Is there some meaning you're trying to convey with it that just today does not capture? May 27, 2020 at 4:15
  • @KannE, I agree. My English instructor always told us to be as clear and concise as possible. This may be one of the reasons the Gettysburg Address was so great. May 27, 2020 at 5:14
  • @KannE Thanks for going the extra mile, I am fond of the Hemingway style, though I can't always do it justice. I will be sure to adjust the second part. May 27, 2020 at 5:47
  • How about "Since then"? May 27, 2020 at 5:48

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Shifting our focus to the present day, (we see that) progress...

That would keep the element of change denoted by fast forward

  • Thanks, corrected.
    – DW256
    May 27, 2020 at 5:47

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